Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway) announced that grants have been awarded to small businesses and organizations in Howard Beach, Broad Channel and Rockaway, that sustained direct, flood-related damage as a result of Hurricane Irene through the Business Flood Recovery Grant Program. Empire State Development (ESD), the agency administering the Business Flood Recovery Grant Program, will provide grants of up to $20,000 to the small businesses and not-for-profits that qualified for the program.
“Southern Queens and the Rockaways were hit particularly hard by Hurricane Irene and as a result many of our small businesses and local organizations suffered devastating damage,” said Assemblyman Goldfeder. “This funding is a huge win for the organizations that are receiving them and especially for the community who benefits from the services they provide. I was proud to work with local entities and organizations to secure necessary funding to help our community recover.”
“We are pleased and grateful to learn that we have been chosen to receive this grant,” said Senior Advisor Charles Ledogar of the Broad Channel Athletic Club. “Our facility was severely damaged during the hurricane and this funding will go a long way towards making field and court repairs so that our children can have safe playing surfaces to compete on.”
The Business Flood Recovery Grant funding is geared to help offset the costs of storm-related repairs and restoration of structures not covered by insurance or other federal, state, or local recovery programs. Roughly 1000 applications were received and ESD continues to work with businesses to ensure the remaining applications are complete and all possible flood assistance is provided to entities that have sustained direct, physical flood damage as a result of Hurricane Irene. All awards are pending public hearings and final approval by the Public Authorities Control Board, which is expected to meet July 26th.
Entities that have been awarded funding include:
- Beach 124th Street Apartments, Inc. – Belle Harbor
- Broad Channel Athletic Club – Broad Channel
- Broad Channel Volunteers, Inc. – Broad Channel
- Vinivi Real Ventures, Inc. – Howard Beach
“Our community has been hard at work in its effort to recover from the destruction caused by Hurricane Irene,” Assemblyman Goldfeder said. “I have been a tireless advocate for Southern Queens and the Rockaways to make sure that our local businesses and not-for-profits get their fair share and have the tools they need to rebuild – this is a victory for the business and non-for-profits who now have the tools to rebuild and move forward and for the people of the community who benefit from their services.”