Westchester and Rockland counties have been added to the Major Disaster declaration and designated eligible to receive aid and reimbursement for individuals and local governments, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this morning.
The federal government now can send aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts due to Hurricane Sandy, dating from last Saturday through the recovery process. Assistance to individuals will include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners.
“Once again I would like to thank our partners in the federal government, especially President Obama, for their quick response to my request for assistance on behalf of Westchester and Rockland counties,” Cuomo said in a statement. “New York appreciates all the support we have received from Washington as we continue to recover from Hurricane Sandy.”
Other counties that have been included in the Major Disaster declaration include New York, Kings, Queens, Richmond, Bronx, Nassau and Suffolk counties.
On Sunday, President Barack Obama granted Cuomo’s request for a federal emergency declaration, enabling the federal government to provide assistance and resources to New York state and local governments for activities that included evacuation, sheltering and other protective measures.