“Between the frequency and level of devastation, we are not prepared for this and we need to be,” Cuomo said. He said hurricanes Irene and Lee and Superstorm Sandy in the past few years alone hit 60 to 70 percent of the state. FEMA is providing $30 billion in aid to government and individuals on Long Island, New York City and the lower Hudson Valley hit by Sandy last fall.
Meanwhile, Sen. James Seward, R-Milford, joined Sens. Joseph A. Griffo, R-Rome, Hugh T. Farley, R-Schenectady and David Valesky, D-Oneida, on Friday announced a legislative package that would guide long-term recovery efforts for this and future natural disasters.
The senators were also asking for President Barack Obama to issue a federal disaster declaration for the affected counties — a request that was met Friday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.