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NY household appliance grants available for storm victims

$8 million program targets Tropical Storm Irene, Lee damage

— Eligible Equipment & Appliances Rebate

Refrigerators (ENERGY STAR) $350

Clothes Washers (ENERGY STAR) $250

Clothes Dryers w/Moisture Sensor (higher efficiency) $250

Dehumidifiers (ENERGY STAR) $100

Furnace (ENERGY STAR) $2,000

Boiler (ENERGY STAR) $2,500

Hot Water Heater Tanks (electric- higher efficiency; gas- ENERGY STAR) $400

Purchases of appliances and equipment, with the exception of dehumidifiers, must be for replacement purposes only and purchases covered by insurance or FEMA are not eligible. Audits to verify insurance claims and/or FEMA assistance may be conducted. All grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis for completed applications, which will be available beginning Monday, September 19 at www.NYSApplianceRebates.com or by calling 1-877-NY-SMART (877-697-6278). The grant program will continue until funding runs out.

Senator Tom Libous said, "We need to help the flood victims in our community get back on their feet. Part of that is helping replace equipment that's essential to their home and businesses. This program is another step toward easing the burden of this disaster and rebuilding our community."

Senator Betty Little said, "As we move from the cleanup efforts to the rebuilding phase after the recent storm destruction, this rebate program will allow households to afford the costs of replacing damaged appliances. Governor Cuomo has repeatedly said that the state will do all it can to help those affected by Irene recover, and I commend him for establishing this program that will help families return to normal living after this storm."

Senator James L. Seward said, "We must do all we can to help households who lost so much rebuild without going bankrupt. The flooding and storm damage destroyed many vital household appliances, and this rebate program will cover most if not all the costs of new equipment purchased helping people stay in their homes and return to life as usual as soon as possible. Governor Cuomo has shown true leadership in the aftermath of these storms and I look forward to continuing to work together to rebuild communities across our state."

Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo said, "I have seen firsthand the flood damage in our community and spoken with numerous individuals affected by the devastation. This rebate program will help families save money as they replace damaged appliances and start rebuilding their homes and lives."

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