Evanston-based Hagerty Consulting has been awarded a $5 million contract to help New York City navigate federal disaster regulations as the city seeks $5 billion in federal aid to help recover from Hurricane Sandy.

The report, in today’s New York Post, says city officials concluded they needed a specialist to deal with the complex rules.

Hagerty Consulting, formed by former Evanston Chamber of Commerce President Steve Hagerty in 2001, has aided government agencies, universities and private businesses in planning for and recovering from a wide variety of disaster situations, from the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York to the 2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans.

The Post quotes a spokesman for the New York mayor’s office as saying Hagerty “will help make sure all our paperwork is processed correctly.”

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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