The committee started in August and met regularly through early April, and four public hearings were held to get the community involved.
The group identified a number of projects that will help mitigate future flooding and help rebuild the economy better than before. They include economic redevelopment and infrastructure improvement, O’Beirne said. In a few weeks when the state’s review is completed, she said, the state will contact the village and identify which projects it can move forward with.
“We are thrilled to be able to make a difference in the rebuilding,” she said.
Margaretville Central School Superintendent Tony Albanese is also on the committee. He said its members decided having students involved, and a video was suggested. High school media teacher Christina Stickle asked the students, who accepted the challenge.
Albanese said he was “delighted” with the results, adding that the students turned a “horrific event” into something positive.
“They’ve done a great job,” he said. Stickle recently received a certificate from the committee for the “countless hours” she worked with students, plus her own time that was necessary to make it happen, he said.
“The NY Rising to the Top competition embodies the great spirit of communities throughout the State as they work to come back better and stronger than before,” said Jamie Rubin, the state’s storm recovery director. “Through the Community Reconstruction Program, we employ a community-driven, bottom-up approach that allows us to meet the unique and pressing local needs of New York’s diverse municipalities.”