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CITY Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Comptroller John C. Liu and I announced a $500 million emergency plan to make critical repairs to public schools and public hospitals damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

The plan calls for an appropriation of $200 million for the Department of Education and $300 million for the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation to repair extensive damage to school and hospital buildings.

The repair needs include structural restorations, new boilers, new electrical systems, roofs repairs, flood remediation and more.

The City Council will vote on the appropriation plan at a Council hearing and, if passed, the funding will be an addition to capital funds in the current year (Fiscal Year 2013) Capital Commitment Plan.

The administration and Comptroller Liu have also worked together to approve emergency spending for Hurricane Sandy relief, which now totals $134 million.

The spending plan announced and emergency spending represent only a portion of the spending that will be required and additional appropriations will be made this year as necessary.

Our city has never experienced a storm as destructive as Hurricane Sandy, and financing for these repairs is as necessary as is it urgent.

These school buildings and public hospitals are resources that hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers rely on every day — and we are not waiting for federal aid to begin the work of repairing and re-opening them.

This emergency capital spending is vital investment in our recovery and future.

“Hurricane Sandy caused significant damage throughout the city and the emergency funding the Council will approve is a demonstration that we’re taking this seriously,” said Speaker Quinn.

“This funding will help to repair facilities that are urgently needed so that patients have a place to be cared for, and our students will have places to learn. I want to thank the mayor, comptroller and my Council colleagues for taking this seriously and working together to swiftly approve this vital funding.”

“This plan is critical to our city’s recovery efforts, getting schools and hospitals up and running and returning our residents to as close to normalcy as possible. The city’s finances are secure enough to withstand this need; nonetheless we will work to recover these funds from FEMA,” said Comptroller Liu.

“Whether volunteering at shelters and collecting goods for those in need, or authorizing emergency spending and issuing bonds to rebuild our schools and hospitals, my office will continue to do all that is necessary to ensure that our city emerges even stronger from this devastating hurricane.”

Hurricane Sandy damaged public school and hospital buildings throughout the city, with the most severe damage in the Rockaways, Staten Island and South Brooklyn.

As of Monday, 37 schools will remain closed due to structural damage and more buildings are in need of ongoing repairs.

Students, teachers and staff have been reassigned to other temporary sites until their buildings are restored.

Bellevue Hospital Center, Coney Island Hospital and the Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility on Roosevelt Island sustained extensive damage and require repairs and replacements to boiler systems, back-up generators, elevators, ventilation, air-conditioning and electrical systems, and areas damaged by flooding.

The city already has authorized $134 million in spending following Hurricane Sandy to provide emergency services and recovery and relief programs.

Those expenses include:

* $20 million for the Department of Transportation to repair the Battery Park Overpass.

* $1.7 million for the Department of Transportation to repair the Whitehall and St. George ferry terminals.

* $12 million for the Department of Sanitation Office of Emergency Management to remove debris.

* $2.5 million to the Department of Citywide Administrative Services and Human Resource Administration for food and water distribution.

* $2 million to the Department of Citywide Administrative Services for the delivery of maintenance, repair and operations supplies for response operations.

* $5 million for electrical plumbing and water line inspections for homes in Staten Island and Queens.

* $1.1 million to the Office of Emergency Management for additional ambulances.

The city’s overtime costs for the response to Hurricane Sandy will be in addition to these amounts already authorized.

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