FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 18, 2008
SCHUMER RATCHETS UP THE PRESSURE ON FEMA TO ISSUE EMERGENCY DECLARATION, EXPEDITE FEDERAL AID - MAKES SECOND PERSONAL CALL TO FEMA
Emergency Declaration Would Bring Up To $5 Million In Federal Assistance to 16 Counties in the Capital Region and Hudson Valley Hit By the Storm
But FEMA Has Yet to Issue an Emergency Declaration Almost a Week After the Storm Hits
Schumer Places Second Personal Call to FEMA Administrator Paulison In An Effort To Get Aid Flowing Quickly to Capital Region and Hudson Valley Communities
With the Federal Emergency Management Agency continuing to stall on issuing an emergency declaration for the ice storm damage in the Capital Region and
“There is no time to dawdle – thousands are still without power, knocked over trees are lying in front yards and property remains damaged. We have to help our communities and small businesses recover from this devastating ice storm. This area needs immediate federal assistance, and I will fight to the end to make sure that happens,” Schumer said.
On Monday, Senator Schumer and Governor Paterson toured
An estimated 600 people are still without power one week after the storm, and municipalities across the sixteen counties are struggling to clean up the downed trees and limbs. Additionally, a major winter storm is forecasted for the region tomorrow.
In an effort to help local communities swiftly repair the damages, Schumer today renewed his push for an immediate federal emergency declaration, which would bring up to $5 million to the region. The funding would go to the16 counties hit by the storm, including Albany, Chenango, Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Otsego, Putnam, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Sullivan, Ulster, and Washington Counties.
An emergency declaration could include several different types of assistance, including:
* FEMA will direct other federal agencies and provide 75 percent federal funding for emergency measures taken to save lives and protect property and public health, limited to this direct federal assistance.
* Up to $5 million in federal assistance from FEMA.
On Monday, Schumer wrote a letter to President Bush and FEMA Administrator Paulison, writing, “As a result of the same winter storm, an emergency declaration was announced for regions within the State of
In today’s call, Schumer pushed FEMA Administrator to swiftly bring funding to the region as thousands of homeowners and hundreds of small businesses struggle to recuperate from the damaging storm.
See below for a full copy of Monday’s letter.
Dear President Bush and Administrator Paulison:
I write today to urge expeditious approval of
On December 11th, a disastrous ice storm hit the Northeast, including several counties in throughout
As a result of the same winter storm, an emergency declaration was announced for regions within the State of
I therefore urge you to assist the State and affected counties in every way possible so they may quickly recover from this disaster. Thank you for your prompt attention to this important matter.
Charles E. Schumer
United States Senator