The $50 billion Hurricane Sandy relief bill passed by the Senate yesterday and awaiting President Obama’s signature includes $207 million for the Manhattan Veterans Affairs hospital, closed due to extensive flood damage after the October 2012 storm.
Martina Parauda, director of VA’s New York Harbor Healthcare System, said in a Facebook post last week after the House passed the bill that the disaster funds will allow VA to “move forward with plans to redesign the facility, creating a new home for outpatient clinics and move utilities above sea level.”
Outpatient clinics at the hospital will reopen in March, Parauda said.
Bob Brewin joined Government Executive in April 2007, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience as a journalist focusing on defense issues and technology. Bob covers the world of defense and information technology for Nextgov, and is the author of the “What’s Brewin” blog.