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NY reports spending $574M in post-flood aid

The Cuomo administration reports distributing more than $574 million in state aid to help communities recover from flooding since back-to-back tropical storms Irene and Lee dropped torrents of rain last year. WAMC’s Dave Lucas has more…

The report Thursday also notes an estimated $1.5 billion in Federal Emergency Management Agency costs, with 38 of New York's 62 counties affected, and 33,000 people registering for individual federal assistance.

Administration officials say the seven hardest hit counties were Broome, Delaware, Essex, Greene, Orange, Schoharie and Tioga, which shared $137 million in direct aid to individuals, businesses, farms and localities. They say 774 farms and 741 businesses got direct aid.

Howard Glaser, director of state operations, says 18,000 people were housed in 198 emergency shelters. More than 400 roads and bridges were closed. Most reopened in 10 days.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.