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Irene: State to pay local flood costs

$61M set aside for infrastructure repairs

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, seated, signs paperwork at the Middleburgh firehouse in April approving the state's funding of the local share of the costs of post-flood rebuilding projects. He's joined by, from left, Middleburgh town Supervisor James S. Buzon, Ulster County Executive Mike Hein, Mrs. K's Kitchen owner Loretta Kennedy and Greene County Legislature Chairman Wayne Speenburgh.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, seated, signs paperwork at the Middleburgh firehouse in April approving the state's funding of the local share of the costs of post-flood rebuilding projects. He's joined by, from left, Middleburgh town Supervisor James S. Buzon, Ulster County Executive Mike Hein, Mrs. K's Kitchen owner Loretta Kennedy and Greene County Legislature Chairman Wayne Speenburgh.
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A crowd of more than 100 people erupted in applause Wednesday as Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state will pay the local government share of post-flood rebuilding costs. Cuomo said the state will make $61 million available to cover disaster repair costs not covered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, news that left many officials in the hard-hit Schoharie Valley sighing in relief. FEMA is paying 75 percent of eligible costs to repair many roads, ...


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