Homeowners, businesses and farms thirsty for funds from the Mohawk Valley and 2013 Upstate Flood Recovery Program had until 8 p.m. Tuesday to send in their applications.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and local government officials announced the state is ready to move into the next phase of funding those affected by the recent floods in a press conference Tuesday afternoon at the New Hartford Volunteer Fire Department, which means they must stop taking applications for funding and start designating that money to those in need.
“We want those funds to be distributed,” Cuomo said. “People need the funding.”
Those requesting funding had since the governor announced the program — doling out $16 million worth of state funds for five upstate counties — on July 17 to apply for funds to make necessary repairs or replacements. Homeowners were eligible for up to $31,900 in assistance, while business owners and farmers could get $50,000.
Municipalities received funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, but individual assistance was denied, leaving many devastated homeowners and businesses in the lurch. Agreements were made with a “handshake” deal to dole out $16 million to Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Niagara and Oneida counties.
It will take between two to three weeks for people to start seeing those funds, Cuomo estimated, saying the state would move “lightning fast” on that front.
Potential weather patterns should be a main factor in what these moneys goes toward, Cuomo said. That means long-lasting improvements for streams and places often burdened by flooding, he said.
“We have to show that we’re the smarter for (the flooding), a stronger community for it. We’ve been having 100-year floods every three years,” he said. “This money is an investment in the future.”
State Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente and New Hartford Town Supervisor Pat Tyksinski all commended the state and the governor for the quick reflexes shown when FEMA denied individual assistance when nearly hundreds of homes and businesses were washed out and flooded.
Boil water advisory remains in effect
A boil water advisory remains in effect for the village of Mohawk.
Low-interest loans available for nonprofit organizations
The U.S. Small Business Administration is providing low-interest rate loans to certain private nonprofit organizations in New York that do not provide critical services of a governmental nature. Examples of eligible organizations include food kitchens, homeless shelters, museums, libraries, community centers, schools and colleges. The SBA also offers economic injury disaster loans to help meet working capital needs, such as ongoing operating expenses to private nonprofit organizations of all sizes. Applicants may apply online using the electronic loan application via SBA’s website at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or by sending an email to email@example.com. Loan applications may be downloaded from the SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
Page 2 of 2 - The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Sept. 10.
The deadline to return economic injury applications is April 14, 2014.
Water, cleanup kits available in Mohawk, Van Hornesville
Water and cleanup kits are available at the Mohawk Fire Department, 28 Columbia St., Mohawk, and Owen D. Young Central School, 2316 state Route 80, Van Hornesville. The Mohawk site is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the Van Hornesville site is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The sites will be open until further notice.
Salvation Army continues to provide food
Residents may visit the Salvation Army at 431 N. Prospect St., Herkimer, for coffee and drinks from 9 a.m. to noon and dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. For information call 866-1240.
Fairfield to discuss borrowing money for repairs
The Fairfield Town Council will conduct a special meeting Wednesday, July 24, at 6 p.m. in the Community Hall on Hardscrabble Road to discuss borrowing money to repair roads damaged by the floods.
Dumpsters available for town of Herkimer residents
The town of Herkimer has dumpsters available at the town highway garage on Gros Boulevard for town of Herkimer residents to use to dispose of trash caused by the recent flood damage. For more information call the town office at 866-2690.
Herkimer schedules flood debris pickup dates
The village of Herkimer has scheduled two special flood debris pickup dates for Friday, July 26, and Wednesday, July 31. Residents must schedule debris pickup by calling the village office at 866-3303 and leaving a name, address and contact number. Residents will then be placed on a list for pick up of flood-damaged items only.
Any trash rendered non-flood damaged and not located in a flooded zone is the responsibility of the property owner. For questions, call the village office.
Ilion to cease flood debris removal
The village of Ilion will cease all residential and business flood debris removal on Thursday, July 25, at 4 p.m. After that time, normal garbage collection will resume and residents will be responsible for clean up and removal of debris from their property.
Contributing: Staff Reports