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New York State to Foot Portion of the Bill for Counties Affected by Flooding Earlier This Year

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Washington, DC, November 14, 2014 | comments

Today Tom Reed applauded news that New York State will minimize the financial impact on local taxpayers by alleviating local governments of their entire required share of FEMA Public Assistance Program for counties affected by floods earlier this year.

Earlier this month, Reed’s office urged the Governor to guarantee funding the local 25% cost share for communities in Western New York and the Finger Lakes. At the request of Reed’s office and other federal representatives, FEMA continues to work with local municipalities and organizations in the affected counties to repair the infrastructure.

“We’re thrilled to see that our local communities will get the fair funding and resources they need to rebuild in the wake of devastating floods,” said Reed. “Getting impacted areas back up and safely operating again has always been our top priority. This assistance is great news for Western New York and the Finger Lakes.”

“The announcement of Governor Cuomo’s decision to release State assistance to organizations to recover from the aftermath of the May 2014 storm, has brought tremendous relief to all at the ARC of Yates,” said Kate Ring, Executive Director of The ARC of Yates. “We would also like to thank Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressman Tom Reed, Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano for their efforts on our behalf. They each played a critical role in helping us to acquire designation as a critical services Agency and worked tirelessly to bring State dollars to aid us in this time of intense hardship.”

Directly following the flooding, Reed contacted Governor Cuomo’s office to encourage the Governor to apply for federal assistance if the state is unable to respond effectively on its own.  Reed visited the areas hit hardest by flooding including the Village of Penn Yan in Yates County and Camp Good Days in Branchport to see the damage firsthand.


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