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Gov. settles dispute between Upper Jay FC, insurance company

Part of the interior of the Upper Jay Firehouse was destroyed by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Irene last year.

Part of the interior of the Upper Jay Firehouse was destroyed by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Irene last year. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Douglas said that FEMA and state representatives would be in the region next week to survey the damage throughout Upper Jay, including the firehouse.

The deal was reached through the State Insurance Fund and the governor’s office.

“I saw firsthand the destruction that Hurricane Irene caused in Upper Jay and other local communities in the North Country,” Cuomo said in a prepared statement. “I am pleased that the state was able to help in this agreement that will allow for the firehouse to be moved to a new location, and save taxpayers from having to foot the bill that would have accompanied litigation.”

“Gov. Cuomo and his administration have been enormously helpful and supportive, and their work to forge this agreement is another example of that commitment,” State Sen. Betty Little said. “Our first responders were heroes during and in the days and weeks following the storm. I’m very pleased to see Upper Jay moving closer to having their firehouse operational again.”

“This is another example of the cooperation Gov. Cuomo has fostered to assist our North Country communities in rebuilding after Tropical Storm Irene,” State Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward said. “The Upper Jay Fire Company will be able to rebuild in a safe location and continue to provide the dedicated service to the community that they have done for generations.”

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