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Community recovery program expanded to Mohawk Valley flooding victims

By Lombardo David
Thursday, July 18, 2013

Montgomery County is eligible for $3 million of additional flood recovery money from an expansion of a statewide community relief program that was announced on Thursday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

More than $750 million in a community reconstruction program will be available across the state for 102 communities still rebuilding from floods since 2011. The program was initially announced in April, with communities in Montgomery, Schenectady and Schoharie counties eligible for assistance, but the recent Mohawk Valley flooding prompted the governor to expand the coverage.

Below is video of the governor from today's announcement.

Eligible communities will draft comprehensive recovery plans, which could include buyouts and must take into account potential flooding threats for the future. Communities have up to eight months to submit plans and if they submit earlier, he said money will be available earlier.

"Let's fund the community's vision, rather than asking the community to fit into the template that is established up above," Cuomo said.

A full story on the funding will in the Friday issue of the Daily Gazette

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