BUFFALO, NY (WNY News Now) – New York’s representatives in Washington D.C. are working to make sure Western New York gets its fair share of storm relief funding following the deadly Christmas blizzard.
U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand spoke about storm-related costs, which are crippling local governments, during a stop in Buffalo on Wednesday.
This blizzard, which brought hurricane like conditions, qualifies for federal assistance after $36.5 million in damage and costs are submitted to Washington.
“You have to submit very detailed analysis, and sometimes the bureaucrats take too long,” explained U.S. Senator Schumer to WGRZ-TV. “One of our purposes here, we got the emergency declaration quickly, so, once the governor submits, we want the feds to get the money here ASAP.”
The White House has already approved the initial $5 million dollar emergency declaration request from Governor Kathy Hochul.