"I am enormously pleased that the funding allocated by the federal government to recover from Superstom Sandy is now ready to be disbursed to those who need it. Lower Manhattan was devastated by this storm and many in our community remain in dire need. I commend Mayor Bloomberg for moving so quickly on a plan for allocating these funds and I urge him to work with us to address the critical needs of this community.
I strongly advocated for grants to help small businesses, particularly at the South Street Seaport and in Chinatown, and I am glad to see that the city has included grants as part of its plan. We have many residential buildings that are still uninhabitable as well as others, such Knickerbocker Village, which sustained massive damage. These buildings should be eligible for funding as well. Our critical infrastructure will need to be repaired and rebuilt. As we move forward, I will continue working hard to ensure that Lower Manhattan gets its fair share and that we rebuild stronger than ever."