Congressmen Mike Lawler (R, NY-17) and Pat Ryan (D, NY-18) sent a letter to President Biden Friday afternoon, calling on him to immediately act on New York’s request for a major disaster declaration in the wake of horrific storms that caused serious damage to homes, businesses, and infrastructure across the Hudson Valley. The storm also tragically took the life of a young woman from Orange County.
“I’m glad to see that Governor Hochul has finally requested a major disaster declaration,” said Congressman Lawler (NY-17). “It is now imperative that President Biden act on her request and get FEMA into the Hudson Valley immediately.”
“Our families, small businesses, and municipalities are suffering and they need help now,” concluded Congressman Lawler (NY-17). “Our first responders, local municipalities, and state agencies have been heroically working around the clock, but it’s time for the federal government to provide the necessary relief and resources to ensure we rebuild promptly and properly.”
“Our local first responders have been working non-stop under very dangerous conditions to mitigate the damage from this unprecedented storm. It’s time for the federal government to step up and deliver the resources needed for successful recovery and rebuilding efforts,” said Congressman Pat Ryan (NY-18). “The days and months ahead will be difficult, but we will continue working and pushing alongside our partners in local, state, and federal government to deliver relief for Hudson Valley families and begin to rebuild our community.”
New York’s 17th Congressional District is just north of New York City and contains all or parts of Rockland, Putnam, Dutchess, and Westchester Counties. All four counties are under a State of Emergency declaration in the aftermath of last weekend’s storms and flooding.