Federal Disaster Assistance Extended to Additional New York Counties

October 7, 2011

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this week that federal disaster assistance is now available for homeowners, renters, small businesses, and municipalities in additional counties as a result of damages incurred by Tropical Storm Lee.

Additions include:
• Public assistance: Ulster County
• Individual assistance: Oneida, Orange, Ulster Counties

The public assistance declaration makes federal funding available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by Tropical Storm Lee.

The individual assistance declaration allows homeowners, renters and small businesses to apply for the following federal aid: the individuals and households program, crisis counseling, disaster unemployment assistance, USDA food coupons and distribution, USDA food commodities, disaster legal services, the disaster supplemental nutrition assistance program, and small business administration disaster loans.

The counties currently eligible for assistance from Tropical Storm Lee are as follows:

• Individual assistance (assistance to individuals and households): Broome, Chenango, Chemung, Delaware, Oneida, Orange, Otsego, Schenectady, Tioga and Ulster counties.

• Public assistance (assistance for debris removal, emergency protective actions and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities): Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Orange, Tioga, Tompkins and Ulster counties.

The counties currently eligible for assistance from Hurricane Irene are as follows:

• Individual assistance (assistance to individuals and households): Albany, Bronx, Columbia, Clinton, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Greene, Herkimer, Kings, Montgomery, Nassau, Orange, Otsego, Putnam, Queens, Rensselaer, Richmond, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, Warren, Washington and Westchester counties.

• Public assistance (assistance for debris removal, emergency protective actions and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities): Albany, Bronx, Clinton, Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Franklin, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Kings, Montgomery, Nassau, New York, Orange, Otsego, Putnam, Queens, Rensselaer, Richmond, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, Warren, Washington and Westchester counties. Direct federal assistance is authorized.

All counties in the State of New York are eligible to apply for assistance under the hazard mitigation grant program (assistance for actions taken to prevent or reduce long term risk to life and property from natural hazards).

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362. Additional counties may be made eligible for federal assistance as ongoing damage assessments are completed.

Source: New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Office

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