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NY Congressman Says Aid Is Available For Those Impacted By Three Storms

Bill Tiernan

Amid flash flood warnings and actual flooding in portions of the Hudson Valley and Capital Region, a New York Congressman is trying to get the word out that there is still federal aid available to help homeowners and small businesses impacted by three previous storms.

The most pressing deadline is July 5, for communities to apply for hazard mitigation funds. Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney explains.

John Hickman, Jr. is supervisor for the Town of East Fishkill, in southern Dutchess County.

Last week, Maloney hosted a workshop at SUNY Orange in Newburgh that helped more than two dozen community leaders apply for strategic investments to prevent damage from future disasters. Hickman, a Republican, said the workshop was very helpful in terms of learning how to apply for funding for the town’s storm prevention plans.

Congressman Maloney’s district stretches across four counties, and he says many in his district were hit harder by the two storms preceding Sandy.

Also last week, Maloney launched a web site to help homeowners and businesses continue to apply for federal recovery aid.

He says it is critically important to invest in storm damage prevention, and to help prevent storm-related tax hikes. Hickman agrees.

According to Maloney’s office, FEMA Public Assistance has obligated $1.37 million to Orange County and $1.28 million to Putnam County.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Democratic Congresswoman Nita Lowey will announce the total amount of FEMA Public Assistance grants that have been distributed to communities in Westchester and Rockland Counties. She will be in Rockland, along with the mayor of Piermont and the supervisor of Orangetown, to talk about the funds as well as efforts to secure additional aid, and make the region more storm resilient.

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