Growing call for federal disaster declaration
Local congressional representatives are pushing for President Barack Obama to issue a disaster declaration for areas in New York hit by recent flooding.
Five members of the House of Representatives, including Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, and Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, are requesting the declaration so areas recovering from the impact can receive federal assistance. The request comes on the heels of a request from Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the declaration
A full copy of the letter from the representatives is available below.
"We can attest to the extensive damage impacting homes, businesses, and local infrastructure in the flooded areas and the serious personal losses experienced by local residents," reads the letter to Obama. "Many families have been displaced from their homes, and local businesses have been devastated."
Also signed on to the letter are Republicans Tom Reed and Richard Hanna.