As Martha Foley reports, Cuomo's request has the support of North Country congressman Bill Owens.
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Bill Owens is Congressman for New York’s 23rd district—which contains many of the worst-hit areas. He says Cuomo’s request is part of a formal process the state has to go through—and it brings the state a little closer to federal aid for communities, farms and individuals:
FEMA’s been out to do assessments with state emergency mgt officials. They’re doing that, and then there’ll be a necessity to file claims, and when hopefully we get the FEMA designation, hopefully that will open a larger pool of dollars to people in the state.
The damage is estimated more than 38 million dollars at the moment, but Owens stresses that until the water recedes it’s impossible to say just bad things really are.