Binghamton University is finally getting $2 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to make up for money pulled from university accounts to fix damage from the 2011 flood to critical environmental and electrical systems in the Binghamton University Downtown Center.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced the reimbursement and university officials say the funds will go into a new building at Nuthatch Hollow on Bunn Hill Road and into the emergency fund where money was pulled for the repairs.

FEMA had told BU it was not getting disaster funds since it felt the university’s insurance was covering the repairs.

A paperwork error is blamed for dropping the initial $3,188,766 funding approval to a little over $410,000.

Schumer says he plans to continue to work to get the remaining $700,000 reimbursement approved and paid by FEMA.


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