ALBANY, N.Y. -- More New York counties are now eligible for federal disaster assistance following Tropical Storm Floyd, federal and state disaster recovery officials announced today.
"Different counties have different needs," said Marianne C. Jackson, federal coordinating officer for the disaster recovery effort in New York. "The specific designations of counties were made after a careful review of information regarding damages incurred because of the storm."
Residents and business owners in Albany, Dutchess, Greene, Rensselaer, Schenectady and Ulster counties are now eligible to apply for disaster assistance, which could include disaster housing assistance, low-interest loans to repair or replace storm-damaged property or grants for serious needs and necessary expenses not met by other programs. Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures.
Edward F. Jacoby, Jr., state coordinating officer announced that in addition, governments and eligible non-profit agencies in Albany, Greene, Schoharie, Ulster and Warren counties are now eligible for 75 percent federal share of the costs to repair and replace damaged infrastructure such as roads, bridges, water control facilities such as dams and levees, public buildings, public utilities and public recreational facilities to their pre-disaster condition. This assistance also includes money to reimburse eligible costs for emergency protective measures and debris removal.
Residents and business owners in Albany, Dutchess, Greene, Rensselaer, Schenectady and Ulster counties are urged to call the toll-free registration line at 1-800-462-9029 to apply for disaster aid. The special TDD number for hearing- or speech-impaired persons is 1-800-462-7585.
Local governments will be able to apply at upcoming briefings with locations and times to be coordinated by the New York State Emergency Management Office.