In preparation for the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy making landfall one year ago, Mayor Michael Bloomberg stood with some of New York State's legislative leaders to talk about the progress that's been made over the past 12 months.
"Thousands of New Yorkers are back in their homes, libraries have reopened, small businesses have recovered and non-profit organizations have continued to serve their communities, all thanks in part to the generous donations from thousands of individuals and businesses who stepped up to help our city recover," said Bloomberg on Monday.
According to the mayor, more than 15,000 volunteers have stepped up to contribute their time by serving meals to those displaced and helping to rebuild damaged homes and businesses.
A total $60 million in aid has been donated over the course of the year and has been put towards relief efforts for those neighborhoods most damaged by the storm.
Bloomberg also said that more than 1,700 homes have been treated for mold after intense coastal flooding. He added that additional homes — possibly more than 300 — are scheduled to be treated and that more than 3,000 mold kits are being distributed.
Of the $60 million in relief funds raised, $24 million was distributed to non-profits that have pledged to help homeowners and businesses.
Mary McCormick, of the Fund for the City of New York, said the outpouring of time and donations from individuals has helped immensely in the wake of the storm.
"Supporting New York's nonprofits affected by Sandy has a direct impact on restoring the communities in which they work and serve," she said. "By joining the Bloomberg Administration and philanthropic partners to make critical loans and grants available, we have been pleased to help these organizations and our residents that rely on them most."