Governor's office submits appeal to FEMA flood aid rejection

The deadline for the state to appeal was January 19.

Posted: Jan 15, 2020 3:31 PM

ALBANY – Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office says it has submitted an appeal on FEMA's decision to deny individual aid to victims of the October 31, 2019 floods.

The deadline for the state to appeal was January 19. Officials say the appeal letter was mailed and emailed to the federal government. No word on what the timeframe is for a response.

In a letter, FEMA said its reasoning for the individual aid rejection was “The impact to the individuals and households from this event was not of such severity and magnitude as to warrant the designation of individual assistance.”

The aid would have provided funds to repair or buy out homes and small businesses damaged or destroyed by the Halloween night floods.

On December 20, FEMA approved public assistance to 18 counties for debris removal and the restoration of infrastructure, like roads and bridges. However, that did not include assistance to individual flood victims. The counties had to meet a threshold of $29.6 million to qualify for the federal funding.

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