A bipartisan push is underway for flood relief aid in the Mohawk Valley from the state and federal governments.
Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi and Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik in a joint letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged state action following last week’s storms that devastated parts of central and northern New York.
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Specifically, the lawmakers want to see the state undertake a joint Preliminary Damage Assessment with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
“We understand the state is currently in an assessment phase in order to get a better understanding of what will be needed to fully recover,” the congressional lawmakers wrote.
“We greatly appreciate all the time and energy you and your staff have put into the recovery effort. However, due to the extensive damage to homes, properties, and critical infrastructure in many of our communities, we believe further steps must be taken to determine if federal assistance may be available to aid in the recovery process.”
Cuomo last week declared a state of emergency in multiple counties affected by the storms and subsequent flooding: Cayuga, Chautauqua, Dutchess, Erie, Essex, Hamilton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Saratoga and Warren.