Thursday, 22 March 2018 10:18

NYS Reps Urge FEMA to Reconsider Relief for Upstate NY Communities

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U.S. Reps. John Katko (NY-24), Claudia Tenney (NY-22) and John Faso (NY-19) this week called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to reconsider its denial of major disaster declaration relief for counties in each of their districts that were impacted by severe storms and flooding in July 2017.

In January, FEMA declined to issue a major disaster declaration and provide assistance to fifteen counties across Upstate New York, noting that damage followed the occurrence of multiple storms, and did not occur as the result of one distinct event. However, FEMA has routinely grouped multiple storms together to grant aid in the past, and communities in Upstate New York remain in serious need of federal assistance to mitigate damages.

Congressman Katko stated, “Shoreline communities across my district remain in grave need of federal assistance. The damage to our municipalities, property owners, farmers, and local businesses has been tremendous, and without proper aid, these costs will continue to rise and affect our communities. I join my colleagues today in urging FEMA to reconsider its decision and will continue working at home to support our local and county governments as they work to rebuild.”

“The cruel decision to deny flood victims in New York the necessary federal assistance they deserve is outrageous and must be reconsidered. The damage inflicted from these storms and the financial costs of rebuilding fall far outside the capability of the impacted counties. Our office has visited and spoke with numerous property owners whose homes and businesses were ravaged by flooding. Seeing the scope of the damaged properties firsthand, I continue to be astonished that a major disaster declaration has not been issued for our region. I stand ready to work with FEMA, the Trump Administration and the State of New York to ensure that all impacted receive the assistance they desperately need,” said Congresswoman Claudia Tenney.

“Flooding resulting from severe storms in July of 2017 caused millions of dollars of damage in communities that cannot foot the entire bill themselves. This is precisely the reason disaster declarations exist. I am disappointed that FEMA did not grant a declaration to help local communities rebuild critical infrastructure, such as roads and bridges. It would be in the best interest of Upstate New York that FEMA reconsider its decision,” said Congressman Faso.

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