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Peekskill To Get FEMA Aid For Irene Damage

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – The city will receive federal aid to help pay for damage associated with Hurricane Irene last year, Peekskill officials said.

The city will get $88,254 in reimbursements for expenses, according to the state Office of Emergency Management, city officials announced in a press release Monday.

Under the federal disaster declaration, the city is eligible to recoup expenses connected with its pre-storm preparations, its efforts to mitigate damage during the storm and post-storm cleanup. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is responsible for reimbursing 75 percent of the expenses, according to the release.

“Peekskill’s taxpayers will benefit from the city’s diligence in securing federal and state disaster relief monies," said Peekskill Mayor Mary Foster. "The reimbursement process was long and detailed, but our efforts have resulted in more than $88,000 to cover the extraordinary expenses incurred by the city during Hurricane Irene to protect our residents and their properties."

The funds will reimburse the city for costs associated with overtime by the Police, Fire, Water and Public Works departments, plus tipping fees for washed up debris, mulching fees, equipment rental for such things as water pumps and a generator, and equipment purchases for such things as chain saws.

Traditionally New York state is responsible for picking up 12.5 percent of storm costs and municipalities are to pick up 12.5 percent. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order relieving municipalities of their 12.5 percent share after the storm, and the state is picking up the remaining balance.

The city expects to receive the FEMA funds in a few months.

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