Sean Patrick Maloney

10/23/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/23/2021 16:09

Representative Maloney and County Executive Neuhaus React to FEMA Individual Assistance Declination

Washington, D.C. - Today, afterapplicationand advocacy from U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney and County Executive Neuhaus for individual assistance for Orange County homeowners and businesses after Tropical Storm IDA, FEMA has declined to provide individual assistance.

"I'm disappointed with FEMA's decision. I have seen the damage in our area first hand and have been working with state and local officials to provide FEMA with the most up to date damage data and to advocate on behalf of Hudson Valley homeowners." Said Rep. Maloney, "County Executive Neuhaus and I have been working together on this since the storm hit and will continue to do so as we move through the appeals process."

"Like Congressman Maloney, I am disappointed that FEMA has not granted Orange County much needed disaster assistance for major damage sustained during Hurricane Ida. In the aftermath of the storm, I formally requested that FEMA add Orange County to the list of counties that are approved for individual assistance from FEMA and I thank Representative Maloney for tirelessly advocating on our behalf with FEMA." Said County Executive Neuhaus, "Our private property and homeowners were significantly impacted by this event and continue to feel the impact of the storm. FEMA should be providing help to these individuals, just like they are in surrounding counties. If your property is damaged by a storm, it is damaged. It shouldn't matter what side of a line on a map you live on. My office will continue to work with Congressman Maloney's to appeal this decision and get our property owners the assistance they need."