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Gillibrand continues call for federal flood assistance

By Lombardo David
Thursday, July 11, 2013

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, is continuing to push for federal flood assistance, which may not be coming.

Following this week's announcement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo that he isn't optimistic about the federal government coming to the aid of flood-ravaged Mohawk Valley communities, Gillibrand Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to request a disaster declaration. The senator toured the damage, including Montgomery County, earlier this month.

“These heavy storms and floods damaged homes and businesses and swept away infrastructure and farms all the way from the Adirondacks to the Mohawk Valley to the Southern Tier,” said Gillibrand in a statement. “Our communities are suffering and need every available resource from the federal government without delay so we can clean up, rebuild, and stand strong.”

The specific request if for a major disaster declaration that would make individual assistance and public assistance available through FEMA. The declaration would also make flood mitigation dollars available.

Last week Gillibrand and U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, requested a disaster declaration to help farmers.

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