Yesterday, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) hosted a storm damage tour in Dutchess and Orange County with East Fishkill Town Supervisor Nicholas D’Alessandro, Washingtonville Mayor Joseph Bucco, Blooming Grove Town Supervisor Robert C. Jeroloman, and Cornwall Town Supervisor Richard Randazzo. Following the tour, Rep. Maloney released the following statement:
“Tropical Storm Ida left our district with flooded homes, downed bridges, and damaged vehicles. While assessments are ongoing, state and federal experts estimate that Tropical Storm Ida caused over $50 million in destruction to public infrastructure and property,” said Rep. Maloney. “I have been working closely with local officials, communicating with the White House and Governor’s Office to get our towns, villages, and counties the federal resources we need to make a full recovery. We have made good progress in the last week, and more help is on the way.”
“We’re working hard to restore our infrastructure, after the East Hook Road Bridge was taken out by the storm. I’m thankful to have Congressman Maloney’s support in bringing in an emergency temporary bridge to reopen the road,” said East Fishkill Town Supervisor Nicholas D’Alessandro. “Government always works best when we work together.”
“The heavy flooding led to us declaring a state of emergency and closing schools. Some of our residents lost everything and continue to live in fear of flooding,” said Washingtonville Mayor Joseph Bucco. “I’m happy to have the support of Congressman Maloney, who is fighting in Washington to ensure that we recover from this devastation. We will come back stronger than ever before.” “We've worked tirelessly to assess the damage to our roads and bridges, make repairs as soon as possible, keep our residents informed and pick up items that have been damaged for disposal,” said Cornwall Town Supervisor Richard Randazzo. “I thank Congressman Maloney for making the safety of residents and our infrastructure a top priority. We will continue making every effort to restore our community.”Last week, Rep. Maloney joined his colleagues in Washington in sending President Biden two letters urging him to approve additional FEMA resources. Rep. Maloney has also shared resources with constituents, including protection and recovery assistance for farmers, how to report a power outage, tips for documenting damage, and general safety information for flooding in homes.
Today, he joined Rep. Delgado urging President Joe Biden to stand ready to expeditiously approve Individual Assistance and other aid to the governments, small businesses, and residents of Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan, and Ulster Counties.