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Details, Numbers Emerge About Sandy Donations

New York sees nearly half-a-billion dollars in donations.

Just over two months after Sandy racked the Lower Hudson Valley—leaving hundreds of thousands without power, flooding shorelines and claiming several lives—New York State officials have released information on the money raised for relief efforts.

Some $400 million was raised for New York by 88 charities, said Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.

But according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's estimate that the superstorm cost the Empire State about $42 billion, there's still a massive dearth in funds needed repair destroyed homes and ravaged coasts.

Schneiderman said the top five donors are:

American Red Cross

 $188 million

Robin Hood Foundation

 $67 million

The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City

 $45 million

Empire State Relief Fund

 $15.4 million

The Salvation Army, USA Eastern Territory

 $14.3 million

"The generosity of the public and the hard work of charities in response to Hurricane Sandy is inspiring," said Schneiderman. "As we continue to monitor charitable activities related to Sandy relief, it is essential that nonprofit organizations operate in the most transparent way possible."

Schneiderman also said the state is investigating how the relief funds will be spent.

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Any complaints concerning charitable activities relating to Hurricane Sandy should be sent to the Charities Bureau's dedicated Hurricane Sandy email address: sandyresponse@ag.ny.gov.

Tips for donors supporting Hurricane Sandy relief, as well as financial reports of charities, are available on Attorney General Schneiderman's website, at www.charitiesnys.com

dbel6955 January 03, 2013 at 11:23 PM
These charitable donations are wonderful and I am among the many who contributed. I have to say though, after learning about Obama's newly signed fiscal bill, I probably would of thought twice about donating since I'm going to end up paying for this with increased taxes. I wonder if others who donated would do it again knowing that over $30Bn of the fiscal cliff tax hikes (which are supposed to reduce the deficit) are actually earmarked for Hurricane Sandy recovery. What are others thoughts on this.
Lisa Buchman (Editor) January 04, 2013 at 02:33 AM
Interesting points - complicated issue. Disaster relief seems to be needed more each year—where is the money coming from?
Dr.SusanRubin January 04, 2013 at 01:34 PM
From my experience in the Rockaways, Occupy Sandy looks to be outperforming the groups above. Their online wedding registries are incredibly effective in getting much needed materials to where they are needed in both NY and NJ. http://interoccupy.net/occupysandy/wedding-registries/ I highly recommend that you check out their site for volunteers and learn more http://interoccupy.net/occupysandy/ Their story is rarely covered by mainstream news organizations but should be. They are the real heroes of this climate catastrophe.
Aidan January 04, 2013 at 02:05 PM
"They are the real heroes of this climate catastrophe." Climate catastrophe? It was a storm ... like lots of other storms that have hit around the globe for centuries. Lose the silly drama ... there's enough of the real stuff.
Laura January 04, 2013 at 02:16 PM
The Journal News should be reporting on this instead of maps of NY State pistol permit holders names and addresses.
Lindsey Curry January 05, 2013 at 04:15 AM
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