ALBANY, N.Y. – Disaster aid has been made available by FEMA for counties in Western New York and the Northern Adirondacks.
The aid will supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the severe lake effect winter storm in November. Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Jefferson, Lewis, Orleans, St. Lawrence and Wyoming counties will receive the funding, and additional federal funding will be available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
“This much needed assistance will help communities still recovering from last month’s extreme snowfall and ensure that they are prepared for the upcoming winter months,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said. “In the face of this severe weather, New Yorkers from every corner of the state came together to help their neighbors in Western New York and the North Country in their time of need. I thank FEMA for recognizing the severity of this storm and for approving our request for aid.”
The FEMA Public Assistance Program provides reimbursement for local governments after a disaster for activities such as debris removal, emergency protective measures, emergency road clearance repair and rebuilding of damaged publically-owned infrastructure including roads, schools bridges, parks, hospitals, police stations, fire houses, water and waste water treatment facilities and other public facilities. Initial costs for response and recovery efforts exceeded $49 million.