Albany, NY -- Briefings for officials in Rensselaer and Tioga counties, to explain the process of applying for snow reimbursement aid in the wake of the record/near record snowfall in late December and early January, have been scheduled, federal and state officials announced today. The schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, March 18th
Tioga County Office Building
Main and McMaster streets
Village of Owego
Wednesday, March 19th
Rensselaer County Office Building
At the request of Governor George E. Pataki, President George W. Bush added Tioga and Rensselaer counties to the original snow emergency declaration for 17 New York counties. Emergency assistance will be provided for a period of 96 hours for both the December 25-26, 2002 and January 3-4, 2003 storms to Rensselaer County and for 48 hours from the January storm to Tioga County.
With the Presidential emergency declaration, local governments in these counties are eligible to apply for federal assistance to fund 75 percent of the approved eligible costs for measures taken before, during and after the emergency to save lives, protect public health and safety, and protect improved public and private property. Emergency assistance also may be provided to eligible private non-profit organizations that operate and maintain educational, utility, emergency, medical, custodial care and other essential governmental service facilities.
Government entities eligible to participate include state agencies, local government, river authorities, public utilities, the Oneida Nation, and eligible private non-profit organizations.