Updated 12/17/2012 08:31 AM
Cuomo: $150M In Federal Funds To Aid NYU Langone Recovery
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Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that the federal government will pay approximately $150 million to reimburse NYU Langone Medical Center for rebuilding costs after the facility was damaged during Hurricane Sandy.
Cuomo announced the state's release of $114 million of the roughly $150 million in federal dollars to the center, as he toured the Murray Hill facility.
The $150 million is a small fraction of the estimated $1.1 billion economic hit the facility took from the storm. The medical center looks to the federal government and insurance for more reimbursements.
NY1 is told roughly 15 million gallons of water from the East River flooded the basement and first floor of the medical center during the storm on October 29.
All of the facility's electricity came in through the cellar and was compromised by the storm.
The facility's auditorium was flooded. It is now stripped down and dry air is being pumped in.
More than 300 people had to be evacuated from the center.
"The people of this facility came together and did a job better than anyone could have predicted. I don't know if you could have done it if you spent weeks preparing yourself," Cuomo said. "That is truly a testament to men and women that worked so hard to save people's lives, literally, because I believe you did."
While physician's offices are open and day surgeries and rehabilitation sessions are taking place at the center, most of it remains closed.
Another portion of the hospital is expected to open Monday, while Tisch Hospital, a 1,000-bed facility, is expected to open before the end of the year.
The hospital has finished pumping out and treating the polluted flood water. Temporary generators and boilers run outside while workers are restoring power and heat to several buildings.
"We have a lot of work to do," said Richard Cohen, the vice president of facilities operation for NYU Langone Medical Center.
By Sunday evening, it was not known when the hospital's emergency services would run again.