ALBANY, N.Y. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved more than $5 million in disaster aid to the State of New York to help fund recovery efforts in several New York counties and local jurisdictions following storms and floods in early April.
At the request of Governor George Pataki, President Bush signed a major disaster on April 19 authorizing federal aid to help New York recover from the April 2-4 flooding.
“These funds are helping to restore critical infrastructure, relieve cash flow problems with municipalities and avoid burdening local taxpayers,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Marianne C. Jackson.
“Jurisdictions continue to work with FEMA and the State Emergency Management Office to determine eligible work, so additional federal and state aid can be approved as recovery continues,” said James W. Tuffey, State Coordinating Office and Director of SEMO, which administers the disaster funds.
FEMA’s Public Assistance program reimburses government units and certain private non-profit organizations for emergency protective measures taken in response to the storms and flooding, and for repair of damaged structures. FEMA pays 75 percent of eligible costs; the state and local governments share 25 percent.
To date, the following reimbursements have been approved:
Broome County: $300,771 for debris removal, emergency protective measures, road and bridge repair, and park repair for Broome County; the Towns of Conklin, Chenango, Kirkwood, Lisle, Sanford, Triangle, Vestal and Windsor; the Deposit Fire Department, and the Union-Endicott school district.
Chautauqua County: $276,887 for debris removal, road and bridge repair, emergency protective measures and utilities repair for Chautauqua County; the Villages of Brocton, Cassadaga, Forestville, Fredonia, Lakewood, Mayville, Silver Creek and Sinclairville; the Towns of Arkwright, Chautauqua, Cherry Creek, Ellery, Ellicott, Ellington, Gerry, Hanover, Mina, Pomfret, Portland, Ripley, Stockton, Villenova and Westfield; the Steuben Rural Electric Cooperative; the Ashville and Stanley fire companies, and the Association for retarded Children.
Chenango County: $185,649 for debris removal, emergency protective measures and road and bridge repair for the Village of Greene and the Towns of Greene, Pitcher, Plymouth, Preston, Sherburne and Smyrna.
Columbia County: $189,627 for road and bridge repair for the Towns of Ancram, Chatham, Hillsdale and Stuyvesant.
Cortland County: $438,089 for debris removal, emergency protective measures, road and bridge repair, and park repair for Cortland County; the City of Cortland; the Villages of Homer, McGraw and Marathon; the Towns of Cincinnatus, Cuyler, Freetown, Harford, Preble, Taylor and Virgil; the McGraw school district, and the Cortland, Cincinnatus, Cuyler, Homer, Marathon, McGraw, Truxton and Virgil fire departments.
Delaware County: $902,297 for debris removal, emergency protective measures, road and bridge repair, and park repair for Delaware County; the Towns of Andes, Bovina, Colchester, Delhi, Deposit, Hamden, Hancock, Harpersfield, Kortright, Roxbury and Tompkins; the Villages of Delhi, Hancock and Sidney; and the Arkville and Tompkins fire departments.
Greene County: $1,023,804 for debris removal, emergency protective measures, road and bridge repair, building repair and park repair for Greene County; the Towns of Cairo, Coxsackie, Durham, Greenville, Halcott, Hunter, Jewett, Lexington, New Baltimore, Prattsville and Windham; the Villages of Catskill, Hunter and Tannersville; and the East Durham, Lexington and Palenville fire departments.
Madison County: $52,256 for road and bridge repair and debris removal for the Town of Eaton.