FEMA denies disaster relief for Long Island
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied disaster relief for the damage sustained on Long Island during the rainstorm at the end of March.
FEMA officials say the request was denied because relief is already being provided for damage caused by the March 13 nor'easter. Gov. David Paterson (D-N.Y.) said the storms at the end of the month were from the same weather system, but FEMA says additional aid will not be provided.
Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) says he is outraged by the denial and will appeal the decision.
The federal aid would have helped local governments pay for overtime and cleanup costs. Many Long Islanders' homes are uninhabitable because of mold growth and other flood-related damage.