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Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks in wake of Irene

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In the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks after touring the town of Keene, promising a task force, aid monies, and easing of permitting regulations.

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Essex, Warren and Clinton counties declared disaster areas, freeing up federal compensation

Warren, Essex and Clinton counties are among 19 counties in New York State designated in a federal disaster declaration signed Wednesday that pre-qualifies partial funding of restoration of local public infrastructure stemming from destruction caused by Tropical Storm Irene. Also, Essex County has been named as one of eight counties in the state in which individual assistance will be available to homeowners and businesses.

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Governor tours Keene, promises help

Permitting process will be relaxed

“I am declaring Essex and Clinton Counties as disaster areas,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo told those assembled near the destroyed Keene Volunteer Fire Department building Aug. 30. “It is really devastating up here. There is destruction everywhere.”

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