New York City residents to receive $6,500 emergency paychecks after electrical outage

NEW YORK — New York residents will soon get a $6 million payout for their electrical appliances that were damaged during Hurricane Maria, the New York Public Library System announced Thursday.

The New York State Corporation Commission announced the payout Thursday morning in response to an earlier request by the New Yorkers who suffered from electrical problems during Hurricane Matthew.

The library will distribute the money on behalf of more than 2,000 customers who have electricity, heat and water problems.

The commission said it received requests for additional payment from customers in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The money is being distributed to affected customers by the State Corporation Commissions, which manages state aid.

It is not yet clear how many New Yorkers will receive the payment.

The State Corporation commissions also are distributing $1.8 million in relief grants for Hurricane Matthew, which devastated Puerto Rico in late October and November and left more than 70,000 people without power for months.