Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the New York State Small Business Storm Recovery. This program is for businesses who are still struggling to recover from Hurricane Irene. These grants and loans are intended to meet the unmet needs of small businesses once they have settled with any governmental agencies, FEMA, the Small Business Association or insurance carriers.
Supervisor Douglas strongly encourages business owners in the Town of Jay who obtained damages during Hurricane Irene to reach out to this recovery program.
The New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program – launched earlier this year by the Governor and funded by the federal recovery dollars – is designed to empower communities that suffered significant damage in recent storms to create and implement locally-oriented strategies to rebuild and better prepare for future extreme weather.
Located in 102 communities across the state, New York Rising Community Reconstruction Planning Committees are comprised of community leaders, experts, and officials who incorporate their community’s unique needs into their redevelopment strategies. Communities have eight months to prepare and submit their plans. Grant amounts will be based on FEMA assessed damage levels as well as applications for new infrastructure and other mitigation, and will be awarded once the community’s plan is complete and submitted to the State for approval. The communities will be eligible to share in more than $500 million of funding made available through the federal supplemental appropriation the Governor worked with Congress to obtain earlier this year.
The State will also award at least $250 million of the State’s FEMA-funded Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) to New York Rising Communities to implement eligible projects contained in their plans. In addition, a $3 million bonus will be awarded for best plans in several categories, including community involvement, use of technology in planning, and best regional collaboration.