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December 12th, 2012

Sen. Stewart-Cousins announces $27.7 mil in aid for Sandy victims

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins

YONKERS - In the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/I/WF - 35th District) is pleased to announce that New York has received $27.7 million from the federal government to put 5,000 unemployed New Yorkers to work cleaning up communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The funding came from a National Emergency Grant and will be administered by the New York State Department of Labor (DOL). The DOL will work with local communities to identify potential workers for this program.

"This aid will help rebuild our communities and provide income and work experience to thousands of unemployed New Yorkers," said Senator Stewart-Cousins. "Entire communities were devastated by the storm and many families continue to struggle even today, but the outpouring of support has been inspiring. This grant taps into that support and presents an opportunity for individuals who are unemployed to help their fellow New Yorkers rebuild and rebuild better."

Applicants must have lost their job as a result of Hurricane Sandy or have been previously unemployed for 27 weeks prior to the storm to be eligible for a job through this program. Workers will be paid approximately $15 per hour and will work on short and long term projects cleaning and repairing damaged infrastructure and buildings in the nine New York counties which were declared disaster areas. These are not permanent jobs, but each worker will receive assistance in finding their next job at completion.

Those who are interested in applying can contact the Department of Labor by phone at 1-888-4-NYSDOL (1-888-469-7365) or fill out an application online at

"Please know that I will do everything possible to ensure that the necessary resources are available to help speed the recovery and rebuilding effort from this storm. If you have any questions, concerns or if you need help, please feel free to use my office as a resource," said the Senator.

Constituents who wish to contact Senator Stewart-Cousins for assistance can call, 914-423-4031, email her at or stop by her office at 28 Wells Ave. Building 3 Yonkers, NY.

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