On September 25th a distinguished panel of speakers which included Jonathan Gouveia of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Margaret Anadu of the urban investment group of Goldman Sachs, George Olsen of the New York City EB-5 Regional Center, and Andy Rachlin of The Reinvestment Fund made presentation regarding the financial tools available for Sandy-affected areas before a capacity audience at the New York City Offices of Duane Morris. Duane Morris partner and Super Storm Sandy practice Chair Art Momjian and Marie Mascherin of the Community Loan Fund of New Jersey, Inc. moderated a lively discussion of the resources available for development and resiliency in Sandy-affected areas. The panel also provided examples of the funding sources partnering by contributing New Markets Tax Credits, HUD CDBG grants, and EB-5 financing for the development of projects in Sandy-affected areas.
The State of New York has published its action plan in connection with the first $1.7 billion in Federal CDBG-DR aid appropriated by the United States Congress, and allocated to New York State, for Sandy disaster relief. Using this first allocation, the State will focus principally on meeting the immediate needs for housing and business assistance in the communities affected by recent storms; assisting county and local governments to cover both their emergency expenses and the matching fund requirements that must be met to repair and mitigate key infrastructure projects; and, by leveraging private financing, assisting critical facilities that suffered damage to install energy-related mitigation (e.g., combined heat and power systems) to withstand future natural disasters. Continue reading New York State Publishes Sandy Action Plan