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February 19th, 2014

Officials Mark One Year Passage of Sandy Disaster Relief Package

County officials give update on local recovery projects.

NEWBURGH - Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus and other local officials highlighted the ongoing disaster relief projects in the Hudson Valley including the four communities in Orange County recently designated as NY Rising Community Reconstruction Zones. Working closely with local officials in all four counties, Rep. Maloney has advocated for 123 infrastructure and disaster recovery projects, totaling investments of $338,733,112, in order to prepare and protect our region against future storm damage.

"Every day I am working across the aisle with 48 community leaders to secure investments to rebuild stronger communities and grow our economy," said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. "Working closely with Governor Cuomo and leaders like County Executive Neuhaus, we will continue to make critical progress towards filling the unmet needs of our Hudson Valley neighbors and businesses still recovering from Lee, Irene and Sandy."

"Thanks to disaster-recovery cooperation at the federal, state, and local levels, our Orange County communities are positioned to re-emerge stronger than ever. Many of our families and local job creators were devastated by Superstorm Sandy and related flooding. But with funding for new local recovery projects made possible by working together with Congressman Maloney and Governor Cuomo, places such as Washingtonville, Blooming Grove, Middletown, and the Town of Walkill will be able to develop plans and devote resources to protect our region against future storm damage," said County Executive Steve Neuhaus.

Four Hudson Valley communities are now eligible for up to $3 million in federal investments to implement approved projects through the NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program including Washingtonville, the Town of Wallkill, Middletown and Blooming Grove.

"This is not about parties this is about doing what is right for the people, and everyone coming together is really nice to see. Now we need to see the reality of it and putting everything into place," said Blooming Grove Supervisor Bob Fromaget.

"We look forward to him getting out there and getting things done, which he has already been doing. I want to commend him and his office for working very hard to help me get my applications filled out and letters of intent for grants, and I would just like to see that continue on," said Washingtonville Deputy Mayor Joseph Galante.

"By working together in a bipartisan way across all levels of government, we have the opportunity to act on plans that will keep our residents safe, and we don’t have a moment to waste to let these plans gather dust on a shelf. Together we can rebuild even stronger before the next Irene or Lee," said Town of Wallkill Supervisor Dan Depew.

Rep. Maloney also announced $103.5 million in federal Sandy aid to fund Metro-North to guard against high water levels in future storms, including track hardening and signal and power system upgrades.

"Thousands of commuters in the Hudson Valley rely on the Metro-North, and we must continue to invest to make New York’s transportation system more resilient," concluded Rep. Maloney.

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