Gov. Andrew Cuomo tours storm-damaged homes and businesses in the Essex County town of Keene on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5, his second visit to this tiny Adirondack hamlet in a week. He met with government officials, volunteers and residents before talking to the media at the Keene firehouse, part of which was swept away in the Aug. 28 flash flood during Tropical Storm Irene. He is joined by Keene Supervisor William Ferebee (in orange) and Deputy Secretary of State for Local Government Dede Scozzafava (in blue).
Photo by Andy Flynn.
continued “I am pleased that New York State could step up to the plate and provide tens of millions of dollars in funding to take the pressure off local governments and taxpayers, and allow existing rebuilding and recovery projects to move forward as quickly as possible,” Cuomo said.
Irene, a name that has now been retired for hurricanes by the NOAA, hit the Long Island area as a hurricane before being downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it reached the North Country. Between the Aug. 28 storm and Tropical Storm Lee, the state experienced $1.6 billion in damage that involved approximately 15,000 separate response and recovery projects.