Feb. 5, 2013

By:  Lon Cohen

Super storm Sandy cost Port Jefferson about$450,000. This according to Village Treasurer Don Pearce who said that compared to other villages on Long Island, Port Jefferson got off much easier since physical damage from the storm was at a minimal and most of the money went to supplies, labor and equipment rental not more expensive reconstruction.

In Lindenhurst, for example, village officialsapproved a $2 million bond in January to pay contractors involved in helping to remove debris and recover from the storm.

Pearce said that $200,000 of the total cost went to payroll and benefits for people involved in storm management and cleanup. Another $200,000 was for truck and equipment rental and the remaining $50,000 was for the purchase of various supplies and contracting services.

“We were able to cash flow this,” Pearce told Patch by phone meaning there was no need to borrow funds as was the case in Lindenhurst.

He said that the period of time that recovery costs to FEMA covers is roughly 30 days from Oct. 27 when both the village and New York State both States of Emergency.

On Tuesday the final numbers will be ready to deliver to Federal Emergency Management Agency representatives who will be in Port Jefferson to pick up the village’s report and to talk to officials about beach repair. The beach costs are not included in the $450,000, said Pearce.

The village expects that FEMA will reimburse 75 percent of approved costs and that New York State will contribute in 12.5 percent.