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Plans For Federal Sandy Aid Earmarked For Conn. Relief Effort Open For Comment

HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) - Two plans detailing how Connecticut will spend $82.5 million in federal relief for damage caused by Superstorm Sandy are now available for public comment.

On Wednesday, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced the release of the plans, which will be open for comment for at least one week.

One plan describes how a $72 million block grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be used to repair and reconstruct housing, infrastructure and public facilities.

The other plan specifies how $10.5 million in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funding will be used for case management and housing and related services.

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"Getting life back to normal for residents has been a top priority for my administration, and obtaining this federal funding for our state is an important step in the recovery process," Malloy said in a statement. "The plans we are releasing today describe how the state will directly administer this funding to get it quickly and efficiently to those most impacted by the storm so they can rebuild and get back on their feet."

To date, more than $373 million in federal assistance has been approved to help Connecticut recover from Sandy.

The National Hurricane Center estimates that Sandy, which pounded Connecticut and several other states in late October, caused $50 billion in damage.

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