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Utica, Otsego County to receive State assistance for storm damage

By Spencer Davidson

ALBANY, N.Y. (WKTV) - Governor Cuomo announced, Friday, that the City of Utica will be receiving emergency relief funds to help repair local roads and bridges damaged during Hurricane Irene, and Tropical Storm Lee.

Utica is one of 13 New York cities, counties, or towns to be receiving these emergency funds, with Otsego County also on the short list released by the Governor's office.

The funding will total more than $1.7 million, and will mean that communities will only be obligated for paying 5% of overall costs to rebuild critical transportation infrastructure.

"By reducing infrastructure costs for Upstate communities that were hit hard by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, we are lightening the financial burden on municipalities and ensuring that New Yorkers can continue to travel safely throughout the state," Governor Cuomo said.

"These storms caused damage that local governments are still recovering from today, and the State is committed to helping these counties, towns and cities throughout the repair process to build back better than ever before."

The Federal Highway Administration's Emergency Relief program currently covers 80% of costs for permanent repairs to federal-aid highways and bridges. The $1.7 million in State funding will reduce local governments' share to only 5% of overall costs, as opposed to the 20% left by Federal relief.

For a more complete list of the State funding, and additional information regarding the announcement, visit www.governor.ny.gov.

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