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September 19, 2013

Flood recovery brings Cuomo to Margaretville

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Funding will come from grant amounts based on FEMA-assessed damage levels as well as applications for new infrastructure and other mitigation, and will be awarded once the community’s plan is complete and submitted to the state for approval. The communities will be eligible to share in more than $500 million of funding made available through the federal supplemental appropriation Cuomo worked with Congress to obtain earlier this year.

The state will also award at least $250 million from its FEMA-funded Hazard Mitigation Grant Program to New York Rising Communities to implement eligible projects contained in their plans. In addition, a $3 million bonus will be awarded for best plans in several categories, including community involvement, use of technology in planning, and best regional collaboration.

The Margaretville committee is eligible for up to $3 million in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funding.

Also on the committee is Margaretville Mayor Diana Cope, who said, “The governor is very interested in the rebuilding, having seen the damage firsthand. We’re so glad he remembered.”

The first meeting was in Albany earlier this summer, she said. Since then there have been a handful of weekly meetings at the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce.

Wednesday’s meeting with Cuomo lasted about an hour, Cope said. The group will be doing public outreach at two upcoming events because “it will be a community driven plan. We need to be thinking about protecting our future,” she said.

Dennis Porter, who is chairman of the Sidney New York Rising Community Reconstruction Planning Committee, could not be reached for comment on that group’s activities. Mayor Andrew Matviak, who is a member of the group, said there will be a meeting today at offices in the Sidney Federal Credit Union. 

While the group had an organizational meeting about a month ago, this is the first meeting with the state provided consultant. It is eligible for funding that is similar to Margaretville, he said.

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