Albany, NY -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that the first $2.18 million has been obligated to the State of New York to reimburse communities and organizations for emergency protective measures undertaken as a result of severe snow storms that blanketed the area on December 25-26, 2002 and January 3-4, 2003.
At the request of Governor George E. Pataki, President George W. Bush signed an emergency declaration on February 25, 2003, allowing state and local governments, and certain private non-profit organizations in 19 counties to apply for federal assistance to fund 75 percent of the total eligible costs of equipment, contracts, and personnel overtime related to emergency services in dealing with the snow. The State of New York is responsible for 12.5 percent and the applicant funds the remaining 12.5 percent.
Emergency assistance is being provided for a period of 96 hours for both storms to Albany, Chenango, Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Herkimer, Montgomery, Otsego, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster counties; for a period of 48 hours to Orange and Saratoga counties for the December storm; and 48 hours to Broome, Fulton, Oneida and Tioga counties for the January storm.
Since President Bush's emergency declaration, 644 communities and organizations have applied for federal assistance. The funding announced today represents the first round of approved applications.
Following is a list of the combined approved federal amounts for applicants in each county as of today.
|County||Approved Federal Amount|
|Fulton County||$ 84,748.29|
|Montgomery County||$ 30,065.27|
|Otsego County||$ 22,672.11|