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May 20, 2014 5:50 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Local, State Officials Urge LIPA To Use FEMA Grant Money For East Hampton Project

May 20, 2014 8:56 PM

Local and state officials are urging Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and PSEG to use U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency grant money, which the utility companies could be eligible for, to bury the transmission line set to run from East Hampton to Amagansett.

LIPA and PSEG could receive more than $1 billion in a grant from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for Hurricane Sandy damage and future repairs, according to a press release from Congressman Tim Bishop. The grant is currently under review and a response time has not yet been determined.

Mr. Bishop, along with Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr., East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell, and East Hampton Village Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach sent a letter to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees Ralph V. Suozzi on May 13, highlighting the opportunity for the grant.

The funding, according to the letter, would reimburse LIPA for “expenses incurred as a result of the storm and to further mitigate future infrastructure damage from natural disasters,” including utility lines and substations. The grant would also allow LIPA and PSEG to “use excess funds to mitigate non-damaged infrastructure.”

“The Town of East Hampton, a peninsula in the Atlantic Ocean, is one of the most vulnerable communities on Long Island, faced not only with harsh winter storms, but also hurricanes,” said Mr. Thiele in the press release. “With the current transmission project underway, it makes sense from a financial and strategic standpoint, to ensure that the system being built is stronger and more resilient to extreme weather conditions.”

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If EH gets grant money then Southampton should also to pay off the $10 million we have to pay for the buried transmission line. We are just as suseptable to storms as EH.
By North Sea Citizen (568), North Sea on May 21, 14 6:03 AM
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Hey Fred...all of Long Island is a "peninsula in the Atlantic Ocean" and equally vulnerable to a hurricane. These funds, if really available, should be used to address all of Long Island, not just East Hampton Town.
By nellie (451), sag harbor on May 22, 14 3:32 PM