NYU's Langone Center: $1.1 Billion In Sandy Repair Funding Announced By Schumer
Senator Charles E. Schumer
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer has announced $1.13 billion in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance funding for Sandy repair work and mitigation projects at New York University’s (NYU) Medical Center.
The funding is authorized by FEMA’s Alternative Procedures, which provides a lump sum payment instead of the typical incremental funding by FEMA. The $1.13 billion is the total project cost, 90% of which will be covered by the federal government. Of that, $540 million is for permanent repairs and restoration for damaged elements of a variety of NYU Langone buildings, and $589 million will go towards the 406 Hazard mitigation to protect against future storms.
This is the second-largest Project Worksheet in FEMA’s history.
“NYU Hospital is a critical non-profit institution that sustained massive damage in Superstorm Sandy, and this award will enable them to fully recover and provide world-class health care to countless New Yorkers,” Schumer said. “As with the aid already delivered to New York City and State, Nassau County and NYCHA, this reimbursement was delivered via a new process we built in to the Sandy Aid bill that cuts the federal red tape and speeds the delivery of critical reimbursement funds to hard-hit communities and institutions.
“This is a large amount of money, but the damage was enormous. When I witnessed this first-hand a few days after Sandy, I was shocked. I am pleased to see this desperately needed reimbursement to repair and rebuild in a resilient way,” Schumer added.
The funding will include repairs at the Smilow Research Center, Schwartz Care center, Medical Science Building, Skirball Institute, Tisch Hospital, Alumni Hall, Rusk Institute, Perelman Building, Schwartz Hall and Coles Student Laboratories. Repair work covers $540 million at the main campus, including mechanical damage, damage to building management systems, electrical damage, plumbing damage, fire alarm damage, damage to fire protection systems, damage to security systems, damage to IT systems, damage to telephony, damage to elevate and architectural damage. The hazard mitigation projects cover $589 million at the main campus and 660 First Avenue, including installing exterior flood doors/barriers/egress, reinforce walls, reinforce slabs, fill in area ways, seal exterior penetrations, elevate MEP systems, elevator program and service equipment, install internal flood doors, seal interior penetrations, install check valves/backflow preventers and install pumps and sump pumps.
Schumer similarly secured $800 million in FEMA funding under the Alternative Procedures process for Nassau County’s Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant.