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Searching for $10 million for flood victims

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said this morning that the state doesn't have money sitting around to help recent Mohawk Valley flooding victims.

During an appearance on The Capitol Pressroom, the governor talked about what the state can do to help flooding victims being denied individual assistance. He said today and tomorrow his office is determining whether help from the state to these individuals, which has an estimated cost of $10 million, will require action by the state Legislature or can be done with executive action only.

"I have some discretioanry authority within the budget," Cuomo said, explaining that he would need to find places to grab $10 million.

He added that the state Legislature is prepared to help out and support providing aid, saying, "There have been conversatons with both houses."

The governor will lead a flood recovery summit on Thursday, which will deal with how communities rebuild after flooding. Based on the frequency and magnitude of recent storms, Cuomo said, "We are not prepared for this."

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