Gov. Cuomo Announces More Federal Help For Irene Victims
Help is on the way via federal assistance for homeowners, renters and small businesses in other counties where Hurricane Irene has done serious to catastrophic property damage.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement Saturday. "I thank FEMA for swiftly assessing the damages and needs of the New Yorkers effected by Hurricane Irene," Cuomo said. "I also thank the federal government for allocating additional funds to these counties that will aid in the speedy recovery of those impacted by the storm. All residents and small businesses who have suffered losses should call FEMA's registration number:1-800-621-3362, or register on online as soon as possible."

According to a press release put out by the governor's office the following counties are now eligible thanks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Saturday's Additions include: Individual Assistance (already designated for Public Assistance, including direct federal assistance): Bronx, Kings, Queens, and Richmond counties · Public Assistance and direct federal assistance (already designated for Individual Assistance): Otsego and Saratoga counties.

Residents and small businesses in a total of 27 counties are now eligible to apply for the following assistance: the Individuals and Households Program, Crisis Counseling, Disaster Unemployment Assistance, USDA food coupons and distribution, USDA food commodities, Disaster Legal Services, the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and Small Business Administration disaster loans.

The counties currently eligible for assistance are as follows: · Individual Assistance (Assistance to individuals and households): Albany, Bronx, Columbia, Clinton, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Greene, Kings, Montgomery, Nassau, Orange, Otsego, Putnam, Queens, Rensselaer, Richmond, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, Warren, Washington and Westchester counties. · Public Assistance (Assistance for debris removal, emergency protective actions and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities): Albany, Bronx, Clinton, Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Greene, Kings, Montgomery, Nassau, New York, Orange, Otsego, Putnam, Queens, Rensselaer, Richmond, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, Warren, Washington and Westchester counties. Direct federal assistance is authorized. · Hazard Mitigation Grant Program: (Assistance for actions taken to prevent or reduce long term risk to life and property from natural hazards): All counties in the State of New York are eligible to apply for assistance under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362. Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

Additional counties may be made eligible for federal assistance as ongoing damage assessments are completed.