Reps. Katko & Slaughter Urge FEMA to Reconsider Aid Requests For Cayuga, Monroe Counties
WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Reps. John Katko (NY-24) and Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today asked that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reconsider aid requests recently denied for Cayuga and Monroe Counties.
In order for FEMA to issue a disaster declaration and to provide aid, federal law requires that the initial request come from the Governor. Following a summer of persistently high water levels and unprecedented flooding in communities along the Lake Ontario shoreline, Governor Cuomo officially requested that a major disaster declaration be issued for New York. Reps. Katko and Slaughter, among other members of the New York delegation, urged the President to support the disaster declaration at that time. This month, while many other counties in New York State were granted aid, Cayuga and Monroe counties were denied federal assistance.
In today’s letter, Reps. Katko and Slaughter urged FEMA to reconsider any expedited appeal submitted by the Governor in order to protect and rebuild shoreline communities in Cayuga and Monroe Counties. Reps. Katko and Slaughter stated, “The exclusion of both individual and public assistance for these two counties jeopardizes the recovery efforts for more than 800,000 of our constituents. These grants are essential for the continued operation of several localities along the shoreline as recovery efforts continue to incur high costs.”
A copy of the letter is included below and is available online here:
Dear Mr. Von Essen:
We are writing to express our support for any expedited appeal submitted by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in response to FEMA’s denial of Individual and Public Assistance for Cayuga and Monroe Counties.
The November 14 disaster declaration granted assistance for several counties but failed to include Monroe and Cayuga Counties because FEMA assessed damages in each county to be below the minimum threshold. The exclusion of both individual and public assistance for these two counties jeopardizes the recovery efforts for more than 800,000 of our constituents. These grants are essential for the continued operation of several localities along the shoreline as recovery efforts continue to incur high costs. Considering the recent December 6th denial for July flooding throughout these communities, failure to provide federal assistance will further degrade the ability of these counties to recover from historic flooding.
We ask your continued support for hazard mitigation measures to ensure the protection of our shoreline. The protection of the Lake Ontario shoreline is critical for our local economies and hazard mitigation measures provides our localities the flexibility to prevent future disasters.
We ask that you please expeditiously consider any appeal that may cover Cayuga and Monroe Counties.
John Katko Louise Slaughter
Member of Congress Member of Congress