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Cortlandt Officials Hope to Get Reimbursement for Sandy Expenses

Town officials believe they will get 87.5 percent, the maximum amount available for state and federal emergency aid, of the more than $400,000 that was spent in the aftermath of Sandy.

Cortlandt Supervisor Linda Puglisi said the town expects to get about 87.5percent of the approximately $400,000 spent in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in October.

Puglisi said the town has saved all of the receipts from the expenses it incurred from things such as the hiring outside contractors and the purchasing of food for emergency shelter residents.

Officials hope to have their application submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency within the next few weeks.

The maximum amount that FEMA can reimburse the town’s expenses is 75 percent, while New York State Emergency Management Office can reimburse the town an additional 12.5 percent.

Jeff Coleman, the town’s director of environmental services, thinks the town has a pretty good chance of being reimbursed.

“We just had a pre-application meeting with FEMA and we have a pretty good idea of what’s eligible for reimbursement,” Coleman said. “We went through this a year ago with Hurricane Irene.”

Coleman said the town received the full 87.5 percent reimbursement rate for Hurricane Irene.

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