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Disaster Recovery Money Earmarked For the Southern Tier

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Broome, Tioga and Delaware counties are among 102 localities in New York State to divide over $750 million to help on-going efforts to recover from the extensive flood damage suffered in recent natural disasters.

Governor Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan have launched the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program to help communities to develop rebuilding plans geared to their own specific needs.

In Broome County, Conklin, Johnson City, the Town of Union, Vestal and Binghamton are due to get at least $3 million each.  In Tioga County, $3 million will be going to the towns and villages of Nichols and Owego and in Delaware County, funds have been designated for Margaretville and Sidney.

The funding is based on Federal Emergency Management Agency assessed damage levels and applications for new infrastructure.

The program has been launched in response to damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011 and last fall’s Superstorm Sandy.

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