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State touts recovery from storms

August 27, 2012
The Leader Herald

Montgomery County received $5.7 million in state aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, which devastated parts of the region a year ago.

Hamilton County received more than $350,000 in aid, according to figures released by the governor's office.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a comprehensive report - "NY Responds" - detailing the more than $574 million in state aid that has been distributed in the past year to help communities across the state rebuild and recover.

More than $277 million of the total was provided in direct aid programs for families, individuals, businesses, farms and localities, including $137 million to the seven hardest-hit counties: Broome, Delaware, Essex, Greene, Orange, Schoharie and Tioga. To date, 774 farms and 741 businesses have received direct aid from the state.

Montgomery County received $200,000 for individuals and families; $70,000 for businesses; $400,000 for farms; $2 million for municipalities; $2.6 million for transportation costs; and $400,000 for environmental projects.

Hamilton County received $2,000 for individuals and families; $20,000 for municipalities; $30,000 for transportation costs; and $300,000 for environmental projects.

In addition, the state spent $188,816 to assess damage to the Stewart's Landing Dam in Stratford. The Fulton County dam was damaged by the storms. The Stewart's Landing contract was among $2.4 million in NY Works contracts awarded to four New York engineering firms to provide engineering assessments on 21 dams across the state. These assessments will determine the repair work that needs to be performed on the dams, according to the governor's office.

Neighbor helping neighbor

"Today we recall the devastating storms that hit New York last summer, causing massive destruction to homes and communities across the state," Cuomo said in a news release Friday. "A year later, we remember the extraordinary response efforts of the thousands of brave men and women in emergency services, law enforcement, and the National Guard who put their lives on the line to protect countless New Yorkers. For all of the destruction and damage caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, these storms could not break the kindred spirit of New Yorkers, and in the aftermath we experienced an unprecedented outpouring of good will with neighbor helping neighbor and communities coming together to rebuild as one."

On Aug. 24, 2011, Cuomo activated the State Emergency Operations Center to prepare for Hurricane Irene. The storm hit New York on Aug. 28, 2011 and Tropical Storm Lee reached the state on Sept. 7.

The NY Responds report documents the series of programs created by the state to assist individuals, families, businesses and municipalities in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

The state spent a total of $297 million to restore roads and bridges. As a result of the Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee events, more than 400 road segments and bridges were closed on the state highway system. Ten days after Hurricane Irene, the state Department of Transportation had reopened all but 13 bridges and 19 road segments, and nine days after Tropical Storm Lee, DOT had reopened all but eight bridges and 15 road segments. In February, Cuomo announced all roads and bridges that were closed as a result of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee had been reopened, according to the release.



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