Homeowners, business operators and farmers here in Cortland County that were declared part of a federal disaster area due to flooding last month will not get special state aid to help offset their losses.
The federal government said it would not provide funding for individual losses, instead focusing those resources to rebuild roads and bridges damaged by flood waters.
After that decision, Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state would come through with funds to help property owners in the seven counties put their homes and businesses back together. Apparently that commitment only extended to harder hit counties.
According to a Cuomo aide, the Governor and legislative leaders are directing $16 million in state aid to individuals in five of the seven upstate counties by the recent flooding; Cortland and Chenango Counties did not make the cut.
Apparently the State Flood Recovery Program is tapped out.
The decision against extending the state aid to all seven flood impacted counties came after a review of the severity of damage to homes, businesses and other structures.