From Douglaston Patch:
It might have been Snowpocalypse 2010, but according to the U.S. government, the mammoth blizzard that hit Queens on Dec. 26-27 wasn't considered a disaster — at least, one worthy of extra federal funds.
On Wednesday, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. announced a deal that would allow for reimbursement of the city's snow removal costs from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
“This storm was one of the worst New York City has seen in years, but by expanding the disaster declaration to include snow-removal costs for Queens, we can help make sure hard-pressed New Yorkers don’t have to shoulder these clean-up costs alone," Schumer said in a statement.
The original announcement made last month included assistance for Nassau County and Staten Island, leaving much of the city out in the cold when it came to federal help in paying for the unprecedented snow removal effort in the days and weeks after the storm.