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UPDATE: Carlucci Asks FEMA To Declare Rockland County A Disaster Area

Senator calls for federal aid and National Guard Troop deployment

 

Update: Wednesday noon

On Wednesday morning, Senator David Carlucci joined several other officials at a 11 a.m. meeting in front of Nyack Village hall. Here's an update on what he talked about:

"I’m going to be in contact with the superintendent of finance and ask them to deploy a mobile unit in the coming days for insurance claims. They did that after Hurricane Irene and had (mobile units in multiple locations)," he said. 

Nyack Mayor Jen Laird-White added that it’s important to do photo documentation.

"I did send correspondence to President Obama and the governor saying that Rockland and Orange counties are a disaster area so that we can make sure we get the funding available," said Carlucci. "Estimates are out there of possibly $50 billion worth of damage in both property damage and lost economic opportunity.”

He added that there will be staging areas coming later to receive claims

“I’ve contacted the national guard. Their resources are thin and are prioritizing by safety and going to places that need the most help.”

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With 71,000 Rockland utility customers without power and extensive devastation in the county from Hurricane Sandy, Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) asked FEMA to declare Rockland County a federal disaster area in the hope of receiving federal aid to cope with the damages from the storm.   

He also asked Governor Cuomo to deploy the National Guard to hard-hit areas to assist with recovery efforts of local officials and personnel.

“Thousands of Rockland, Orange, and Westchester residents remain without power, retain enormous property damage, are unable to travel to work, and are locked in a state of fear of not knowing how long this recovery process will take,” said Carlucci.  “Hurricane Sandy is the worst storm ever to have been felt by the Lower Hudson Valley, and I am committed to working to ensure we have the resources at our disposal to get us through these trying times.”

In a letter to President Obama, FEMA, Gov. Cuomo, as well as New York’s Congressional Members, Carlucci asked that Rockland and Orange Counties be eligible for all FEMA assistance grants and individual assistance for coping with the natural disaster.   

Mike October 31, 2012 at 03:19 PM
can someone tell me what does FEMA do for me as a citizen that has to deal with the issue at hand? Seems like the $$$ goes from one hand of teh government to another, but actually does not reach mine to help pay for the hindreds of dollars of groceries I had to thow out and other damage that my insurance will not cover.
KDodds November 01, 2012 at 03:03 AM
I have between one and two dozen trees down on my little acre and a third. Many of them 40 to 60 footers. Three of them are still laying mostly on my roof as the cracks in my interior walls widen. Insurance covers only lifting trees off of your house plus 500 for removal. I am looking at probably 10 to 20 thousand in cleanup and removal of all compromised or downed trees. Money that I do not have thanks to our income being cut in half for so many years. I'm really sorry about people's spoiled milk. But I do believe there are a lot more people in a lot more desperate need in Rockland at the moment than those who have to throw away some chopped meat.
Vince November 01, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Mike, you think FEMA should pay for your groceries? C'mon man!
Clemona November 01, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Why is FEMA not supplying what is needed right now. Ice(dry and wet) and water. People are going on day 4 without power. Give them the means to keep their food cold and thatd half the battle. I guess Obamas FEMA is no better then Bushes FEMA
Mike November 01, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Vince, what should they pay for?
Mike November 01, 2012 at 12:29 PM
@Kdodds- I never questioned more people being in a worse off shape than I am. And yes, throwing away a few groceries has no comparison to structural and other damage people have. However, the article was about what FEMA provides and my question (perhaps badly worded) is what do they cover. If my question appeared insensitive, then I apologize as I understand others are in much worse shape
KDodds November 01, 2012 at 12:45 PM
I have no idea where they are or what they are doing. But we have no power. With a well that also means no water at all. We have spent the last three days tag-teaming to find water, food and gasoline. These little things would be very welcome to those of us who really need them. Unfortunately, it feels more like we, paying some of the highest taxes in NY, have been completely abandoned. @Mike, call your insurance company first, that's what they're there for and why you pay them. Up to a reasonable amount, your home owner's or renter's policy could very well cover your loss.
Blessed November 01, 2012 at 05:43 PM
I have a box truck..electric saws..and wood chippers...My truck is equipted with a generator also. I am will to travel to help families in need. I do have a fee though...Well under estimates from companies. Would like to help out for free but my family is suffering also...I can help you and you help me and I can donate some of the proceeds or go out and hand them myself. Thanks Blessed
Emomommy November 01, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Devestation is comparable. your downed tree is someone else's lack of food. Your lost wages is someone else's lack of power. We Are ALL screwed people. Band together for christ's sake! Now if someone could direct me to a place to get nutritious meals for myhusband and children...all the meat in the grocery stores is not for sale.
Don albright November 01, 2012 at 09:44 PM
I live in the waterfront community of Grand View-on- Hudson and we an our neighbors have been devastated by this storm. Some of losses our homes to the surge others like myself have structural issues and have lost all our essentials like HVAC units, water heaters and things such as garages and retaining walls. I had 7 feet of water in my basement Why haven't we been included in the FEMA funds?

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