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Community reconstruction zones created to direct storm relief

Communities devastated by Tropical Storms Irene and Lee will be eligible for millions in new federal money.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Friday the creation of Community Reconstruction Zones, which will be used to craft rebuilding plans that utilize funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Areas in Montgomery, Schenectady, Schoharie and Saratoga counties are eacg=h eligible for up to about $3 million in grants, pending HUD approval.

A breakdown on the project is available below.

Gibson spokeswoman Stephanie Valle said HUD money will be wisely utilized because it is being directed by people with first-hand knowledge of the problems. “Having a process in place for localities, homeowners, businesses, and others to apply for HUD disaster funding is a critical part of ensuring aid dollars are distributed efficiently," she said.

"Today’s announcement also means disaster needs that have not been funded from Hurricanes Irene or Lee are eligible for these resources," Valle said. "This expansion to Irene and Lee projects was a critical part of the Sandy Aid package, which Congressman Gibson worked with Governor Cuomo’s office to ensure was included, and has the potential to benefit our local area.”

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Guidance for Community Reconstruction Zones

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