This is big news for all of the counties affected by flooding caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. So many towns and county governments are struggling in the aftermath of this natural disaster, having to spend millions in clean-up costs and infrastructure repairs. For the state be able to pick up the cost of the local share is significant. Those affected appreciate the governor’s leadership for making it happen. By picking up the local share, towns will have extra funds to focus on infrastructure repairs and especially flood mitigation, something that I consistently advocated for in budget negotiations this year.
NOTE: Under the governor’s directive, 25 counties will have roughly $61 million to use for emergency shelter, road, water system and infrastructure repair, stream and riverbed mitigation, and other clean-up projects. The local shares are as follows for the 107th Assembly District: Broome County – $9.4 million; Delaware County – $3.9 million; Chenango County – $1.57 million; and Ulster County – $3.75 million.