News Schumer vows to make sure New York gets fed Sandy aid Rockaway was devastated by Superstorm Sandy, where the historic boardwalk was washed away. (Oct. 31, 2012) Photo Credit: Getty Images @IvanPer4 Updated April 27, 2014 8:24 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email As the 18th-month anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaches, U.S. senators Charles Schumer and Robert Menendez vowed Sunday to make sure Washington doesn't cut back on aid. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is considering a resiliency competition that would give up to $2 billion that was supposed to go to Sandy aid to other states affected by other natural disasters. Schumer called the proposal unacceptable since there are thousands in New York and New Jersey still suffering from the Oct. 29, 2012, storm. "I will fight for them to be the No. 1 priority for remaining housing aid, as has always been intended, before a single dollar is put up for grabs in a national resiliency competition," Schumer said. A representative for HUD didn't return messages for comment. In January 2013, Congress approved $60 billion in aid for Sandy victims in all states. Schumer said $15.2 billion of that funding is to be used to meet housing needs in New York State, New York City and New Jersey. More than $10 billion has been spent but there are still homeowners who have unmet housing needs, according to the senator. @IvanPer4 Ivan has been a staff reporter with amNewYork since May 2012 and covers breaking news, politics and enterprise stories. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.