Four more counties in New York have been approved for additional Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding after Hurricane Sandy.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today that Orange, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster counties are now eligible for FEMA’s Public Assistance Funding. Thirteen counties in New York, including Westchester and Rockland, have now been declared eligible for disaster aid.
“It has been two weeks since Sandy struck New York state, and we continue to see long-ranging, catastrophic effects of this storm across the lower Hudson Valley,” said Cuomo in a press release. “I thank President Obama and FEMA for expanding federal assistance for these four counties.”
The counties are eligible for federal reimbursement for emergency actions taken during and immediately after a disaster to protect life and property, debris removal, restoration of disaster damaged infrastructure, road systems, water control facilities, public buildings and equipment, public utilities, and parks and recreation.
FEMA’s Public Assistance Program provides grants to state, tribal and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency protective measures and the repair, restoration, and replacement of damaged infrastructure so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters and emergencies declared by the president.