Congressman Eliot Engel announced last week that the U.S. Department of Labor awarded a $5,790,739 National Emergency Grant (NEG) to the New York State Department of Labor to pay for temporary jobs for eligible dislocated workers assisting with the clean-up and recovery from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

Rep. Engel said, “These storms devastated many areas of New York State – including regions in Rockland and Westchester Counties – and this federal money is the last of the grants to pay for the 822 dislocated workers who are aiding in clean up and recovery efforts. The grant affects 20 counties in New York, including Rockland and Westchester. When Hurricane Irene hit, I toured the damage throughout my district and the devastation it wrought. I successfully lobbied FEMA to set up a headquarters in Rockland to help the thousands of people affected. This grant not only helps these regions but it also enables us to assist workers who aided in helping those affected.”

On September 16, 2011, this grant was approved for up to $16,186,108, with $5,395,369 released initially, to assist with the clean-up and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. On September 26, 2011, damage from Tropical Storm Lee was added to the grant allowance.

On June 29, 2012, a request was approved for an increment of $5,000,000, along with an extension of the period of performance to December 31, 2012. Today’s announcement of funding brings the total for this project to the full total of $16,186,108.