Damage to public school buildings cost New York City an estimated $175 million, and reimbursement from the federal government has been slow in coming.
The Department of Education spent $110 million dollars while the School Construction Authority spent $65 million on Sandy-related repairs and supplies, school officials told City Council members on Tuesday.
Lorriane Grillo, SCA president, said authority officials will meet with representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday. To date, FEMA has visited only eight of the 50 schools damaged by the hurricane that swept across the region this fall.
“We’re going to ask them to move a little more quickly because we’re ready to move forward,” she said.