I am glad Schenectady County was included in the expedited declaration of being a disaster zone and being eligible for FEMA aid. However, I am deeply concerned that Montgomery County was not included in the initial round. Montgomery County residents and businesses were hit hard and are in desperate need of help. I understand that federal officials will be taking a closer look at other affected communities, like Montgomery County. I fully expect that Montgomery County will receive federal disaster designation, and I am strongly urging State and Federal agencies to act quickly to make Montgomery County eligible for federal assistance.
Senator Betty Little talks with Jim Morganson, President of the Northern ADK Building Officials Chapter, next to the destroyed Keene Vounteer Fire Station. Little joined Governor Andrew Cuomo, Congressman Chris Gibson, Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward and dozens of state, county and town officials for a tour of Keene, NY on Tuesday, August 30 to assess the massive amount of damage in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene.
Following the news conference, Little accompanied New York Army National Guard Adjutant Maj. Gen. Patrick Murphy and State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine on a helicopter tour of the Adirondacks for an aerial view of the widespread damage.
This qualifies residents and businesses in these counties for direct federal assistance with basic necessities, cleanup and rebuilding efforts. For more information on the available programs please visit http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=57534. To begin applying for assistance you can visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free numbers will operate from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM seven days a week until further notice.
Everybody’s Column – The Buffalo News – August 31, 2011
Nice to see politicians involved in good cause
I attended the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis walk in Delaware Park on Aug. 6, and I must say it was a great turnout for a great cause. However, one thing that stood out to me was the lack of local elected officials. The only representative I did see there was Sen. Mark Grisanti from Buffalo. He was walking with his family to support ALS. I even had a chance to meet and talk with him and I could grasp from our conversation that he was very interested in charitable work and has genuine concern for the people.
The USA Niagara Development District has expanded by more than 21 acres north of Main Street to include the Aquarium of Niagara and the city’s proposed Cultural District — a move that comes as the aquarium plans to double in size during the next five years.
The board of directors for USA Niagara Development Corp., the local arm of the state’s economic-development agency, voted unanimously Tuesday to expand the boundary at the urging of Assemblyman John D. Ceretto, R-Lewiston, and State Sen. Mark J. Grisanti, D-Buffalo.
NIAGARA FALLS - The Aquarium of Niagara and roughly 22 acres of property surrounding it off north Main Street are now officially eligible to receive assistance from a state-run agency charged with overseeing development in the downtown area.During a meeting Tuesday, the board of directors for the USA Niagara Development Corp.
State Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, is proposing legislation that would set up some rules and guidelines aimed at hydrofracking in New York state. Ball said he witnessed damage to private property during a tour of areas in Pennsylvania where hydrofracking for natural gas is occurring. His legislation is meant to protect property owners.
A benefit concert is being held for BRAVO Volunteer Ambulance Service on September 16th 2011 at 6 PM in the Notre Dame Hall of Our Lady of Perpetual Help 575-60 Street. The bands are incredible. Tickets are available but they are going fast. To get your tickets for a great night of music, call 631-775-8000.
An announcement of the Early College High School Initiative will be made on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Long Island University Brooklyn Campus, Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts (located on Flatbush Avenue Between DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby Street).