May 7, 2013

Maragos: Nassau County Paid Up To 32% Less Than NYC for Sandy Debris Removal

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos said the cost of Superstorm Sandy debris removal was up to 32% less than in New York City. A New York Times article late last week reported that the cost to New York City taxpayers was about $100 per cubic yard of debris removal from central piles, approximately twice as much as the national average. New Jersey was charged approximately $50 per cubic yard. The Nassau County average cost for similar debris removal was $68.12 per cubic yard, significantly less than New York City but higher than New Jersey.

“While our main focus was to clear the roads and assist our residents immediately after the storm we also were prepared and focused on getting the most value for our taxpayers,” Comptroller Maragos said. “The results confirm that tax payer money was well spent and our economy was able to rapidly recover due to the rapid actions by the Mangano Administration to clear the debris”

The County is estimated to have removed, from central piles, 460,861 cubic yards of debris. New York City in comparison removed nearly 1.0 million cubic yards from its central piles.
Of the total debris of 460,861 cubic yards removed from the County’s central piles, 187,518 cubic yards were hauled and disposed at local Long Island dump sites at an average cost $47.77 per cubic yard, including disposal fees (tipping). The County also barged 273,343 cubic yards of debris upstate at an average rate of $82.08 per cubic yard including tipping. The combined weighted average rate paid to dispose of all debris was $68.12 per cubic yard.

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