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For Release: Monday, November 16, 2015

Superstorm Sandy Fishery Grants Public Meeting Advisory

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will hold a public meeting to discuss the Superstorm Sandy Fishery Grants program at Kingsborough Community College (CUNY) on Thursday, November 19th, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The meeting will take place in Room M239 - Marine & Academic Center, located at 2001 Oriental Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY 11235.

Governor Cuomo announced $3.6 million in grants are available to businesses in New York's fishing industry affected by the impacts of Superstorm Sandy. Funded through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the grants will reimburse sectors of New York's fishing industry that suffered a loss of revenue due to the storm.

DEC, in collaboration with the Governor's Office of Storm Recovery, will administer the Superstorm Sandy Fishery Disaster Relief Program. Businesses in Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester counties are eligible to apply.

Eligible applicants include businesses in the following sectors: bait and tackle; for-hire fishing boat operators; marinas; commercial harvesters; commercial seafood dealers, shippers or processors; and aquaculture facilities.

DEC will accept applications through December 15. Funding will be distributed to eligible applicants following the close of the application period. Fishing businesses in eligible counties must complete an application and provide documentation to demonstrate more than $5,000 in revenue or gross income loss as a result of Superstorm Sandy and have at least $15,000 in annual earnings in one of the eligible fishery sectors.

Applicants can apply online at the Consolidated Funding Application webpage (link leaves DEC's website). Several public information meetings to explain the grant program and to provide application assistance will be held in Long Island, New York City and the lower Hudson Valley. More information on the meetings to be scheduled in the coming weeks and for more information about the program or for assistance with filling out the application is available on the Superstorm Sandy Fishery Disaster Grant webpage on DEC's website. For additional information, applicants can also contact DEC at (518) 402-8044 or FisheryGrant@dec.ny.gov, or the Governor's Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) at 1-855-NYS-SANDY (1-855-697-7263) or info@stormrecovery.ny.gov.

Established in June 2013, the Governor's Office of Storm Recovery coordinates statewide recovery efforts for Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Through its NY Rising Housing Recovery, Small Business, Community Reconstruction and Infrastructure programs, GOSR invests $4.4 billion made available through the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development's Community Development Block-Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program to better prepare New York for future extreme weather events.

For directions, visit Kingsborough Community College's website. (Link leaves DEC's website).

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