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Grant money given to communities damaged by storms

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state will give $16 million in grants to communities hit by last year's damaging storms. The state originally planned to distribute $9 million to 23 counties, but it has come up with another $7 million to help the local governments meet a federal matching funds requirement.

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The counties that will receive money were hit hard by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee last August and September. In the north country, Essex, Herkimer and Franklin Counties will each get around $500,000 in new grant money. Hamilton and Clinton counties will get more than $300,000 apiece.

The $16 million in state money will open up $44 million in federal and local funding to complete emergency watershed protection and flood reduction projects. A complete list of funded projects by county is available on the state Department of Environmental Conservation website.

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