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New York, NY - All Boroughs Except Brooklyn To Receive Federal Aid Following Irene

Published on: August 31, 2011 08:06 PM
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Large tree that crushed top of a car & blocked east 21 St between Ave N & O in Midwood, Brooklyn. on Aug 28 2011Large tree that crushed top of a car & blocked east 21 St between Ave N & O in Midwood, Brooklyn. on Aug 28 2011

New York, NY - Brooklyn, where you at?

Not on a list of counties getting post-Irene disaster aid.

And Borough President Marty Markowitz is pretty unhappy about that.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has identified 26 counties that saw “devastating effects” from last weekend’s storm. But six of those counties have not yet been declared disaster zones by the federal government. That list includes Brooklyn along with Columbia, Putnam, Orange, Sullivan and Washington counties.

Teams are still out assessing damage and those six could be eligible for relief funds soon.

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New York City’s other four boroughs are already getting aid.

Markowitz says he’s ‘dumbfounded’ at Brooklyn’s exclusion because many waterfront areas were flooded, including Coney Island and Red Hook.

He says he hopes the Federal Emergency Management Agency “immediately reverses this dreadful decision and includes Brooklyn.”


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 Aug 31, 2011 at 08:55 PM Brooklyner Says:

Come on the country is broke unless there is serious damage lets not waste money. Of course there is always a little damage. But everything has to be measured accordingly. If we can survive without it even if it cost us a little we just can't take. The same goes with the congressman from Staten Island who kvetched about beach erosion.

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 Aug 31, 2011 at 09:02 PM chosen-nation Says:

Obama must be dancing in the white house right now...he has an excuse to spend more money, yay! more spending, more debt..

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 Aug 31, 2011 at 10:09 PM Anonymous Says:

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chosen-nation Says:

Obama must be dancing in the white house right now...he has an excuse to spend more money, yay! more spending, more debt..

Actually, the administration has sought to cut back these emergency response grants but the political hacks in congress in BOTH parties seem unable to stop the craziness. Ron Paul is the only Republican candidate who said he would seek to eliminate all Federal Emergency grants. Even the teabag whackos have screamed for their share of federal money when their local constituents are hit by some natural disaster.

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 Aug 31, 2011 at 10:23 PM excuse me Says:

Come on Mr. MarkowitzI live in Brooklyn except for the few trees which came down where exactly was there a disaster in Brooklyn.

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 Aug 31, 2011 at 10:27 PM amerikaner Says:

All residents of Brooklyn should send in pictures of all trees felled, sidewalks uprooted, electric poles down, cars smashed, houses damaged, basements flooded, etc. to the WHITE HOUSE and all politicians. Let someone open a website for this upload...............

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 Aug 31, 2011 at 11:55 PM PeterL Says:

I live in Orange and just filed a claim for severe damage I had due to Irene. A wetland area not far from our property had risen to abnormal levels and flooded all properties nearby. A FEMA representitive told me, nothing she can do and this point because it wasn't designated as a disasteres area, but if it will in the future, my claim will then be granted.
I know many people who lost all or most of their valuables and can't get funded because of this. Please call your local representitive and ask for it. We pay taxes for a good reason, not for politicians to pocket it for their benefit. Thank you all

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 Sep 01, 2011 at 12:32 AM Ben-Dor Says:

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amerikaner Says:

All residents of Brooklyn should send in pictures of all trees felled, sidewalks uprooted, electric poles down, cars smashed, houses damaged, basements flooded, etc. to the WHITE HOUSE and all politicians. Let someone open a website for this upload...............

" Let someone open a website for this upload..............."

Put your money where your mouth is, amerikaner, and do it yourself.

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 Sep 01, 2011 at 04:26 PM ShmuelG Says:

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PeterL Says:

I live in Orange and just filed a claim for severe damage I had due to Irene. A wetland area not far from our property had risen to abnormal levels and flooded all properties nearby. A FEMA representitive told me, nothing she can do and this point because it wasn't designated as a disasteres area, but if it will in the future, my claim will then be granted.
I know many people who lost all or most of their valuables and can't get funded because of this. Please call your local representitive and ask for it. We pay taxes for a good reason, not for politicians to pocket it for their benefit. Thank you all

What happened to your home insurance? Surely, living next to a swamp you have a flood coverage.

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 Sep 01, 2011 at 04:46 PM Anonymous Says:

No big deal, as Brooklyn residents already receive an overwhelming about of government aid. Hint hint.

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 Sep 02, 2011 at 08:04 AM Reb Yid Says:

It's funny. They blamed Katrina's aftermath on Bush, even though he sent exorbitant amounts of aid to New Orleans. Will they blame Obama for failing to fund the cleanup in Brooklyn? Of course not. They'll come on hands and knees begging to be able to vote for him again.

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