The anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, which swamped New Jersey, New York and other parts of the East Coast on Oct. 29, 2012, is fast approaching. Some developments as that date approaches:
Four charities that raised money for Superstorm Sandy relief efforts have agreed to either accelerate spending or kick in more cash as a result of negotiations with New York state.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Thursday that the American Red Cross has pledged an additional $6 million to storm victims. That's on top of the $308 million it raised previously for Sandy relief.
Three other charities have agreed to a timetable for spending money still sitting in the bank on the storm's anniversary. They are the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church; Kids in Distressed Situations; and a foundation established by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
Schneiderman has been pressing charities not to sit on large sums of relief aid for extended periods of time.
A year after Superstorm Sandy, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced $162 million in funding Thursday for 45 storm-protection projects from North Carolina to New England.
Jewell made the announcement during a visit to the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Galloway, N.J., near where the hurricane's center came ashore Oct. 29, 2012. The natural buffer helped protect some communities from severe flooding.
The government is providing $15 million for salt marsh restoration along the New Jersey coast, including at Forsythe. It also allocated $4 million to help storm-proof the federal government's Ohmsett oil spill research and test facility in Middletown.
Other restoration funding includes $25 million for the Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve south of Alexandria, Va., $20 million for a salt marsh ecosystem at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware, and $11 million for salt marshes at three locations on Long Island in New York.
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