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UTICA – New York State Senate Deputy Minority Leader Joseph Griffo, R-C-Rome, Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon, D-Marcy, and Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced today that they have sent a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo urging him to seek additional assistance from the federal government for those affected by recent flooding and severe weather.

Deputy Minority Leader Griffo, Assemblywoman Buttenschon and County Executive Picente also are asking for New York State to provide financial assistance to those impacted by the recent severe weather.

“As we have done in the past, we are urging New York State to also make financial assistance available to those impacted by this recent flooding event,” Deputy Minority Leader Griffo, Assemblywoman Buttenschon and County Executive Picente wrote in their letter to the Governor. “We believe that further assistance from the state and federal government would help to alleviate the significant flooding concerns and challenges shared by many homeowners, businesses, local governments and others over the last several years.”

A copy of the letter is below:
Nov. 4, 2019

Andrew Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224

Dear Gov. Cuomo:

We are writing regarding recent flooding that continues to affect many communities, residents, homeowners and businesses in Oneida County. As you are aware, this was a serious weather event that devastated neighborhoods, displaced individuals and families, closed roads and caused significant challenges and economic hardships for many in the area. Cleanup is expected to continue for some time.

While we appreciate the resources provided by the state and your decision to declare a state of emergency in Oneida County and 10 other counties, we believe that further assistance is needed. We are hopeful that you will identify the region as a disaster area so that assistance can be sought out from FEMA and the federal government.

Oneida County has committed funding to help those affected by the recent storms. This commitment comes after the county and state contributed funding for a major flood mitigation project along Sauquoit Creek. While the Sauquoit Creek project is expected to take several years to complete, severe weather and natural disasters seem to be occurring with more regularity. As such, it is imperative that resources at all levels of government are made available when disaster strikes.

As we have done in the past, we are urging New York State to also make financial assistance available to those impacted by this recent flooding event. We believe that further assistance from the state and federal government would help to alleviate the significant flooding concerns and challenges shared by many homeowners, businesses, local governments and others over the last several years.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Sincerely,
                                
Joseph Griffo                        Marianne Buttenschon                        Anthony J. Picente, Jr.
Senator, 47th District                Assemblywoman, 119th District                Oneida County Executive

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