Schumer Presses for FEMA Aid After Storms

Thursday, Apr 1, 2010  |  Updated 10:17 AM EDT
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Sen. Charles Schumer is pressing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to expedite disaster aid to the region after the New York metro area was slammed by three big storms in four months.
         
In December, the region saw upwards of two feet of snow in some areas. FEMA denied New York's aid request. A FEMA spokeswoman says the agency is working with the state to help with an appeal.
    
New York has also requested aid for the rain and wind storm in mid-March that left thousands without power. Federal officials are still considering that request.
    
Schumer's office says estimates for both storms top $75 million. That's expected to rise once reporting comes in from this week's rain storm.
    
The requested aid is for Hudson Valley counties, Long Island and the five boroughs.

It comes as the tri-state dries out from yet another massive storm that made March the wettest on record for the New York area.

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