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Senators Flood Request to Obama

Senators Flood Request to Obama

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Letter to President Obama
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NEW
YORK
STATE
SENATE
AL.BANY.
NEW
YORK
12247
July
10,
2013TheHonorableBarackObamaPresident
oftheUnited
StatesTheWhite
House1600
PennsylvaniaAvenue,
N.W.
Washington,
D.C.
20500
RE:
June
JulyStorms
Event
DisasterDeclarationConsideration
for
Federal
Disaster
Assistance
Fundingand
Appeal
tothe
FederalEmergencyAgencyfor
A
MajorFederalDisasterDeclarationDear
Mr.
President:
Asyouare
aware,
15
counties
in
UpstateNew
York
were
severelyimpacted
by
a
series
of
stormsbetween
June
27and
July
3,
2013,which
resulted
in
widespread
damage
to
homes,businesses,
and
publicinfrastructure.
Govemor
Cuomo
issued
a
declaration
of
a
StateDisasterEmergency
on
June
28,
2013,
for
thisevent
and
requested
a
Federal
major
disaster
declaration
in
order
to
assist
the
affected
local
jurisdictions
in
their
recoveryefforts,which
have
already
been
estimated
to
easilypassthe$26.7
million
dollarpercapitadamagethreshold
in
theaffectedcounties.Despite
the
enormity
of
thedamagestatewide,
we
receivednotificationthatGovernorCuomo’srequest
for
a
Federal
major
disaster
declaration
in
order
to
assist
the
affected
local
jurisdictions
in
theirrecoveryefforts
is
potentially
to
be
denied.
On
behalf
of
the
15
counties,
we
again
requestthat
an
additional
assessment
and
a
thoroughdeliberation
of
the
Governor’sapplication
be
done
before
a
finaldecision
is
madeofficial.Webelievethis
to
bean
appropriate
request
regardingrelief
funds
as
we
incurred
an
exceptionally
large
amount
ofroadand
infrastructuredamage.Wewouldquestion
any
denial
by
FEMAafter
such
a
natural
disaster
declaration.
The
stormimpulsesduring
the
identified
period
thatenvelopedother
partsofthestatewere
severe,continuous,requiredmutual
aid
response,
andresulted
in
widespread
damageto
homes,
businesses
and
infrastructure.Theestimated
costs
torepairdamaged
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infrastructure
as
a
resultof
thesestorms
are
well
beyondtheability
tofundutilizing
existingrevenuestreams
for
annual
road
maintenance.
Without
FEMA
funding,
it
is
extremelyunlikelythat
the
State
will
be
able
to
restorethe
largest,
most
costly
repairsto
ourdamagedinfrastructure
in
a
timely
manner.
Wefeel
thattheStateof
NewYork
hasmetFEMA’s
criteria.The
storm
caused
widespread
damage
in
all
areas
of
thefifteencounties.Mutual
aid
was
provided
by
at
least
a
halfdozenState
Agencies
and
assistancewasalso
given
frommunicipal
governments
which
crossed
jurisdictional
boundaries
to
providesupportingservices.
If
a
FEMAdecision
is
negative,
we
thenrequest
thatotherfederalresources
be
examined
tohelpthe
afflictedareas
of
this
fifteen
countyregion
of
UpstateNewYork.
While
we
understandthatthe
nation
has
hadto
endure
a
series
of
natural
disastersduring
2013,
whether
it’s
theOklahomatornadoesorwildfires
in
theWest,wefeel
thatthisconversation
isn’t
aboutoffsettingfederal
relief
fundswith
cutsto
governmentwaste,
or
bureaucratsputting
beingput
ahead
of
disaster
victims
and
abdicate
theirresponsibility
topay
fordesperately
needed
aid.
Fortunately,there
are
plenty
of
opportunities
for
the
federalgovernment
to
savemoney
in
order
to
pay
for
the
assistance
our
neighbors
need
in
the
wakeofnatural
disasters.There
are
highly-publicizedepisodes
suchasthe
IRS
spending
$49million
at
morethan
200conferencesbetween2010-12;
or
of
thereported
military
aid
delivery
of
F-i
6
fighter
jetstothe
nation
of
Egypt.
It’s
difficult
totell
U.S.
residentsthatfederal
aid
is
unavailable
to
them
when
they
see
publicizedreports
of
questionablespending
such
as
theseillustrations.Webelievethat
the
extensivedamage
toroads
providesjustification
and
theneed
for
FEMAfunding
to
aid
in
repairingour
vitalpublic
infrastructure.We
request
yourreconsiderationforGovernorAndrewCuomo’srecommendation
for
a
Federal
major
disaster
declaration
for
NewYork
State.
Sincerely,
Senator
James
L.
Seward
Senator
Joseph
A.
Griffo
51st
Senate
District
47th
SenateDistrict

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