BROOKLYN - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that $71 million is now available to build thousands of affordable housing units across the state, including storm-ravaged parts of Brooklyn.

The governor says that priority will be given to disaster relief projects in communities directly impacted by Superstorm Sandy or Hurricane Irene.

The money will also support veterans with special needs and people with developmental disabilities.

The application deadline for early round projects is Oct. 10. Awards are scheduled for late this year and next.