In October 2012, the largest storm surge in New York’s recorded history swept ashore. Hurricane Sandy’s effect was devastating, causing widespread damage to core infrastructure. NYS developed a Storm Recovery Plan that focused on meeting the immediate needs for housing and business assistance through HUD in the form of CDBG-DR funding for the immediate acquisition of properties and relief of affected residents through a voluntary buyout program. Tectonic has been providing environmental services for homes and small businesses in State Island and Upstate New York that have been included in the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery’s programs under a two year agreement with a one year extension. Resiliency, repair & reconstruction as well as buyout programs are some of the exciting projects Tectonic has been involved with and continue to work on.

As part of the contract, Tectonic completed environmental review services for the program and demolition of nearly 500 homes in the Oakwood Beach area of Staten Island known as the Oakwood Beach Buyout Program. Tectonic has provided full Type 1 action services under SEQR, including: preparation of a Full Environmental Assessment Form (LEAF), Coast Consistency Assessment, Phase 1 Environmental Assessment, HUD Environmental Assessment NEPA Checklist and the 8-Step public noticing and comment process for Floodplain Management Plan and FONSI.