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Local officials continue to push for support for flood victims

Local officials are continuing to push for support for victims of the Halloween floods after FEMA denied to provide individual assistance.

Posted: Jan 11, 2020 6:31 PM

Local officials are continuing to push for support for victims of the Halloween floods after FEMA denied to provide individual assistance.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited Utica to discuss legislation that would provide tools and resources to families struggling with addiction.

During the press conference, a reporter asked her about her thoughts of FEMA's denial of assistance.

"I think FEMA was wrong to deny assistance. We have homeowners who have lost their homes in the region, the cost is astronomical. So I will support the governor and his appeal to FEMA to ask for an opposite determination," said Gillibrand.

Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenchon said flood relief is a top priority in her office as she continues to push for additional funding for flood victims.

"We haven't given up, we've sent collaborative letters to everyone. I see individuals that call are trying to see if there's anything they can do. I think it's important that they hear those stories, the stories of how these people have been devastated," said Buttenschon.

The Assemblywoman has proposed a few pieces of legislation that would benefit flood victims including offering a home buyout program. Legislation that would help residents sell their homes due to persistent flooding.

Governor Cuomo's office is finalizing the appeal to FEMA and plans on submitting it later on next week ahead of the January 19th deadline.

Stay tuned to WKTV.com for more updates.

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