Long Islanders could face delays in getting FEMA storm aid

Almost a month after Tropical Storm Irene, some Long Islanders are still dealing with the damage, and now it has been suggested that the federal

MINEOLA - Almost a month after Tropical Storm Irene, some Long Islanders are still dealing with the damage, and now it has been suggested that the federal Disaster Emergency Fund could be empty by Tuesday. Eileen Tedesco, of Mineola, spent nearly $1,000 to clean up the mold left behind by the storm. She says she's not sure if she's eligible for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), but if lawmakers on Capitol Hill fail to reach an agreement soon, everyone is likely to face challenges in getting storm aid. Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) promised a temporary funding measure while Democrats and Republicans fought over where to get the money to replenish FEMA's fund. FEMA says people who already have been approved for assistance will get the money on time, but those who have yet to apply could face delays. "I would like to know why the Republicans and Democrats can't get it together for our sake," Tedesco says. Apply for FEMA Assistance

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