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Cuomo assures Barton there's "hope in sight"

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - Updated: 8:23 AM


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FORT PLAIN -- Fort Plain Mayor Guy Barton met with New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo this afternoon at Herkimer County Community College. Barton stated that he was informed by Cuomo that village homeowners and businesses affected by the June 28 flood would soon be able to apply for grant funding, as four million dollars of state funding is being allotted for Montgomery County flood victims, of the 16 million dollars to be spread out over numerous counties.

"There is going to be money available for homeowners to rebuild their homes and get their livelihood back," Barton said Wednesday.

Cuomo, today, announced the creation of the Mohawk Valley and 2013 Upstate Flood Recovery Program, which will provide assistance to flood victims, including business owners, farmers and homeowners in Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Niagara, and Oneida counties. The state funding program, which is designed to provide money in a timely manner, will serve to offset costs from other funding sources.

"He assured us we will get the money quicker" said Barton, who explained that he also received assurance that there'd soon be buyouts on homes that have been destroyed. Aside from the four million to be allotted to Montgomery County, Barton said he was informed that the state legislature may provide additional funding.

Barton said village officials will begin contacting people personally and sending letters immediately.

Barton, who will travel to Albany on Thursday to meet with state officials, concluded with a message to flood victims, "There is hope in sight. Don't get off the ship. Stay with Fort Plain."

Program details will soon be finalized and those affected by the recent flooding are encouraged to call the NYS Flood Helpline at 1-888-769-7243 for information regarding assistance.


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