By Eden Laikin
Gov. Andrew Cuomo agreed last week that New York State’s Housing Recovery Program would fully compensate superstorm Sandy victims whose property damage claims were rejected by FEMA due to the “earth movement” exclusion, after a written request from Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano.
In August, Mangano joined with about 100 homeowners – mainly from communities along the South Shore – who couldn’t afford to rebuild their homes after being denied for FEMA reimbursement. He criticized the Federal Emergency Management Agency for rejecting hundreds of Sandy flood claims due to the “earth movement” exclusion.
And he called on US Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand to work on changing the federal policy that allows the “earth movement” denial.
While that’s being looked at, Mangano sent a letter to Cuomo asking the state to pick up the tab so that residents could start rebuilding. Cuomo announced his decision Friday.
Homeowners who had flood insurance claims rejected for the same reason after tropical storms Irene and Lee will also be covered, Cuomo said.
Funding for the initiative would come from federal community block grants provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.