NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (WKTV) - Governor Cuomo came back to the greater Utica area today for a meeting with the press and the public, where he spoke about his flood recovery program and the flood victims future. Cuomo said, "I want to thank the people of the Mohawk Valley... who really showed what they are made of, and rose to the occasion and who were really there one for the other," The governor also said its not what happens to you that defines you as a person, but how you handle tough situations, "We had a tough break with mother nature on the flooding... What's really imperative is how you deal with those situations, how you respond...and do you learn, and come together and are you the better for it? And that's what we've been focusing on." Cuomo was joined by County Executive Anthony Picente and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi. Their direct message was that the application process for flood victims held at the New Hartford fire station ends tonight at 8 pm. "We've had an assessment center open for the last several days asking people to come in. The county has been effective in circulating word... The applications are online and in centers throughout region but the application period we hope to close this evening." The governor also hit on the point that natural disasters are happening more frequently, forcing us to rebuild differently. "The way we manage streams and creeks... you know its one thing when you don't have rain or normal amounts...that creek can be nice and beautiful in backyard but in extreme conditions they rise up and become monsters, endangering public safety, how we manage them and rebuild our physical infrastructure, roads and we don't have to do this over and over and over again." The next phase of the process is the distribution of the funds which should be given to residents who applied within the next few weeks.