How long does disaster recovery take? Forever!
This does not sound like disaster recovery funding, I'm sure the projects stem from the losses incurred from Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy.
While the specific funding mechanism is not defined, I smell Post Disaster Mitigation Funding, see Long Island Gets $20 Million More in Sandy Recovery Funds to Bolster Communities.
Note, the Feds/FEMA are not getting credit in the story, it is likely the American taxpayer who is footing the bill.