First, Cuomo established the Upstate Storm and Flooding Recovery Task Force, to coordinate disaster response and recovery efforts for the North Country, Catskills, Upper Hudson Valley, and Mohawk Valley.
In a press release, Cuomo's office said the task force would "ensure seamless communication between agencies" to coordinate infrastructure rebuilding, economic development, agricultural renewal, power restoration, and assistance with private insurance.
The governor has also formally requested an expedited major disaster declaration from the federal government…which would open the door to various types of aid for the region.
And Cuomo announced the Adirondack Park Agency and the Department of Environmental Conservation are waiving permitting requirements for Irene-related emergency repairs.
Cuomo was in Keene and Keene Valley this afternoon, and Chris Morris was there. He spoke with Nora Flaherty about the governor's tour of the damage.