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Gov. Cuomo visits Herkimer, pledges state resources

By ANDREW DONOVAN

HERKIMER, N.Y. (WKTV) - Governor Andrew Cuomo paid a visit to hard-hit Herkimer County on Saturday and pledged the full support of the state government.

Cuomo said that on Saturday the priority is still stabilizing the safety and health situation on the ground in Oneida, Herkimer and Otsego Counties, among other areas along the Mohawk River that were hit.

Many residents in those areas have no homes in which to return, being either damaged or completely destroyed by flood waters.

Once the rebuilding can begin, the Governor says FEMA will provide support. Their number is 1-800-621-FEMA. FEMA can not provide assistance until President Obama declares a Federal State of Emergency.

Before touring the damage, Governor Cuomo paid a visit to the town of Keene, for the dedication of their fire house. Keene was among the hardest-hit areas of flooding from Tropical Storms Irene and Lee in 2011. He wants local residents to use that North Country community as inspiration.

Cuomo said, "The town frankly never looked better. There's a silver lining to these situations. It looks terrible. They say it gets darkest before the dawn. But like Keene, we come together and we come out of it better than we came into it."

Joining Cuomo were the State Commissioner of Homeland Security Jerome Hauer and the Commissioner of General Services RoAnn Destito.

The officials spent the afternoon speaking with residents, observing the damage and assessing areas affected.

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