FEMA denies individual assistance
Individual assistance from the federal government will not be offered to recent Mohawk Valley flood victims.
“It is unacceptable to me that FEMA today denied Individual Assistance to the victims of the recent Upstate flooding," said U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, in a statement. "Having just been in Fort Plain on Saturday, I cannot express more strongly how critical this aid money is to local residents They need help rebuilding their homes, businesses and lives, and FEMA’s decision is flat-out wrong.
On Friday, President Barack Obama authorized public assistance to localities damaged by recent flooding. The decision to offer individual assistance lies with FEMA.
A copy of the letter from FEMA denying individual assistance is available below.
“Just as I stood by victims of Superstorm Sandy to ensure they got swift aid – and we helped those devastated by Hurricanes Irene and Lee – these communities deserve no less. There is an appeal process we can utilize and I will be a tireless advocate for Fort Plain. I know I can count on Governor Cuomo and the rest of the New York Delegation to be as vocal about this aid as they have been about past storms and express to President Obama this is the wrong decision. We will not accept this outcome as final and, again, I urge the President to authorize these funds immediately," he added.
A full story on the denial of individual assistance will be in the Tuesday issue of the Daily Gazette.
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