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Peekskill Recoups Expenses One Year After Irene

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – The city made out better than many of its suburban neighbors in Tropical Storm Irene a year ago, but still spent a lot of money dealing with its aftermath.

Luckily, Peekskill, will get most of that money back. The city will get $88,254 in reimbursements for expenses, city officials said in July.

Under a federal disaster declaration, the city is eligible to recoup expenses connected with its pre-storm preparations, its efforts to mitigate damage during the storm and post-storm cleanup. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is responsible for reimbursing 75 percent of the expenses, according to city officials.

The funds will reimburse the city for overtime by city workers, plus tipping fees for washed up debris, mulching fees, equipment rental for such things as water pumps and a generator, and equipment purchases for such things as chain saws.

“It was mostly manpower and disposal fees,” said acting City Manager Brian Havranek.

Havranek said the money used for the storm came out of last year’s budget but will be added into this year’s budget.

Peekskill Mayor Mary Foster said in July that she was glad to be receiving the FEMA funds.

"The reimbursement process was long and detailed, but our efforts have resulted in more than $88,000 to cover the extraordinary expenses incurred by the city during Hurricane Irene to protect our residents and their properties," Foster said.

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