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FEMA Issues Major Disaster Declaration for Rockland & Westchester Counties UPDATE

Major disaster declaration issued for both counties today means public and individual assistance will be available.

Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland) today announced FEMA issued major disaster declarations (MDD) for Westchester and Rockland Counties. The major disaster declaration makes both counties eligible for both public and individual assistance.

"This is an important step as it gives residents and local leaders confidence that federal aid will be available to help recover from this disaster," said Lowey. “The top priorities now are speeding the pace of power restoration to both Westchester and Rockland Counties; and easing the gasoline shortage, particularly for emergency vehicles.”

Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) said the declaration allows businesses, individuals and local governments to apply for FEMA aid. In addition, a waiver allows applications to be processed immediately.

Engel said, “President Obama called on the federal agencies to forego red tape and help as fast as possible. I am pleased to see FEMA doing just that, helping these counties recover from another destructive storm.”

FEMA staff toured both counties and saw first-hand the flooding and damage to buildings and infrastructure. Engel said the two counties’ preliminary damage assessment (PDA) reports made it clear the  stricken counties needed FEMA aid. New York, Nassau, and Suffolk were included in the original major disaster declaration.

Jennifer Greene November 03, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Nice thought but, my husband just watched a man with 2 new babies be told he could not have any gas to keep them warm tonight. People need help and resolutions not lip service. .
howubeen November 03, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Well the illuminati are in town! All part of there plan!
elect a Mayor November 04, 2012 at 01:12 AM
You want cliches and lack of perspective, take a look at the daily messages of Hastings Mayor Peter Swiderski. His latest: 'this experience just went "from an exotic adventure to a slog.' An exotic adventure? Is this guy for real? Hastings, whadda you say we elect a MAYOR!!!
stephany November 04, 2012 at 02:07 AM
when Eliot Engel starts showing up you know it must be serious. last time i heard from him was when they botched the planes flying over rockland
Michelle November 04, 2012 at 01:11 PM
FEMA.com but as of yesterday westchestercounty was not listed

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