Cuomo: NYS will help financially for flood recovery, FEMA should too


UTICA–Governor Andrew Cuomo said New York State will help financially for flood recovery, while noting that FEMA assistance is needed.

“The state will help, but this is a federal responsibility–the emergency management funding–and I don’t want to let them off the hook,” Cuomo’s said in Utica on Tuesday following a grant announcement.

Historic Halloween floods left communities across Central New York having to pick up the pieces for heavy damage to homes, roads and bridges–Whitesboro, Dolgeville and the Town of Ohio to name a few.

In the aftermath of the storm, the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services says damage assessments are being conducted, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will verify damage totals.

NYSDHSES says the threshold for the state to qualify for FEMA disaster funding is $29.6 million in damage.

A FEMA application must be submitted within 30 days of the storm, according to NYSDHSES.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.