Today, Congressman Paul Tonko applauded the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) decision to fund the replacement and relocation of the Niagara Engine Co. No. 6 in Schoharie, a structure that was badly damaged in last year's floods. The cost of rebuilding will be over $900,000, and FEMA will fund three-quarters of the bill.
"We cannot soon forget the damage and devastation of last year's tragic storms -- Irene and Lee," said Congressman Paul Tonko. "But today's news is another small step in the right direction of the rebuilding process. I will continue to work with FEMA and other federal agencies to ensure our neighbors and local communities have the resources we need to enable a full and strong recovery."
In response to last year's storms, Congressman Tonko helped create and joined the bipartisan Hurricane Irene Coalition as a co-chair. Along with Reps. Chris Gibson, Maurice Hinchey and Bill Owens, the coalition has worked together to ensure FEMA and other federal agencies have the resources they need to support the ongoing recovery effort.