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May 16th, 2012

Exec. Diana updates residents on county’s recovery process

Orange County Executive Edward Diana
Goshen - Orange County Executive Edward A. Diana, along with Orange County Emergency Services Commissioner Walter C. Koury, Orange County Commissioner of Public Works Charles W. Lee, P.E., Deputy Commissioner Division of Emergency Management Seamus K. Leary, and Deputy Commissioner Buildings and Grounds Gary Scrittore, recently updated residents on the County’s recovery process from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee at the County’s Emergency Services Center.

“I realize that our residents are eager, as am I, to know the final outcome of our claims regarding the back-to-back storms that hit Orange County hard this past fall,” said County Executive Diana. “As a sub-applicant of the state of New York, the County must follow a prescribed process established by Congress and administered by FEMA, in order to receive every dime due County taxpayers under federal law and federal regulations.  It is a lengthy and deliberative process, by design. Residents should also know that the County is seeking to recover damages through our private insurance carrier, as well.”

Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee are on track as being one of the most expensive natural disasters in New York State history. Orange County estimates the cost of damages and emergency response actions to be upwards of $35 million. Currently, there are approximately 120 disaster related projects associated with County owned property and County agencies.

“The FEMA report is just a snapshot of a long and protracted process, in which, Orange County is only in the middle of as it seeks to receive all the storm related reimbursements our taxpayers are entitled to,” said Diana.
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