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NYU med center to get over $1 billion for Sandy repairs and protection against future storms

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NEW YORK — New York University's Langone Medical Center is getting over $1 billion to repair damage from Sandy and protect against future storms.

Sen. Charles Schumer said Tuesday that the "lump sum" has been authorized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Schumer noted that the nonprofit institution suffered "massive damage" from Sandy.

On Oct. 29, 2012, the storm surge sent 15 million gallons of water rushing into NYU Langone, which lost its backup generator power. Workers using flashlights evacuated more than 300 patients.

Most services were back by the end of January 2013. But others — including the emergency center — have returned in phases.

In April, a ceremony was held to mark the full reopening of the emergency complex. It's now triple the size of the old one.

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