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State picks up tab for flood relief

Cuomo announces state to cover local shares of FEMA recovery projects

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces on Wednesday, April 11, at the Middleburgh Fire Department, the state will nearly cover the $60.9 million local share for FEMA eligible project costs.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces on Wednesday, April 11, at the Middleburgh Fire Department, the state will nearly cover the $60.9 million local share for FEMA eligible project costs.

— Middleburgh Supervisor James Buzon applauded Cuomo for his persistence in flood recovery efforts.

“He has been with us every step of the way since the storm,” Buzon said. “He has never stopped fighting for us to help us recover.”

Cuomo said the community spirit and selflessness statewide was impressive and he commended residents for their resilience.

“We saw a resilience of our people that was unbelievable,” Cuomo said. “People just refused to give up. They refused to be defeated.”

FEMA eligible projects throughout Schenectady County are estimated to total more than $3.3 million, according to recently updated information from the Governor’s Office. To date, more than $927,000 has been approved for federal reimbursement.

Judith Dagostino, chairwoman of the Schenectady County Legislature, thanked Cuomo for covering the local burden.

“The funds to be made available will pay for the unexpected expenses of guaranteeing the safety of our residents and cleaning up our communities after the devastating flooding this fall,” Dagostino said. “These expenses would otherwise have to be covered by Schenectady County and ultimately our taxpayers, so this direct benefit to our community comes as very welcome news.”

The City of Schenectady’s FEMA eligible projects totaled the most within the county at around $648,000, with the Village of Scotia falling close at around $664,000. Other FEMA eligible project estimates came from the Town of Niskayuna ($142,000), the Town of Rotterdam ($137,000), the Town of Duanesburg ($98,000), the Town of Glenville ($87,000), the Village of Delanson ($45,000) and the Town of Princetown ($31,000). Also, projects enacted through the county totaled $1.07 million.

Rotterdam Town Supervisor Harry Buffardi said the town has already paid all the costs associated with FEMA eligible projects. He was pleased the state would cover the local costs for projects.

“We are happy to get the full reimbursement … it is big money. It is a big, big issue to us,” Buffardi said. “We’ve paid all those costs, so it is just a matter of retrieving all that money.”

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