Brewster, N.Y. – (09/01/11) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) is demanding that New York’s Congressional delegation fight for immediate and full FEMA relief for the families and businesses devastated by Hurricane Irene, and expressed his disappointment in Congresswoman Nan Hayworth for putting politics before common sense.
“In the wake of a disaster where families are reeling from the impact, it’s vitally important that all branches of government be in a position to immediately and proactively step up to the plate and provide dignity and comfort in a time of need. Playing politics and making any assertion that we should withhold services and funds necessary to provide comfort is simply a dereliction of duty,” Senator Ball said. “It seems that our representative in Congress is more focused on playing political gamesmanship in the Beltway rather than providing the necessary leadership to defend and support the struggling families, small business owners, and taxpayers back home. Unfortunately, this odd betrayal of leadership at a time when our constituents needed her most seems to be part of a pattern that comes shortly after similarly short-sighted attempts to gut federal funding for New York’s homeland security even while approaching the 10-year anniversary of 9/11. It is imperative that the Congresswoman reverse her attempt to attach this much needed support and relief for stricken families to a game of political brinkmanship in Washington, D.C.,” Ball added.
On Thursday, despite publicizing a letter she wrote to President Obama requesting FEMA relief for Putnam County, Congresswoman Nan Hayworth threatened to withhold disaster money for her own district if Congress didn’t also act to make federal budget cuts.
Despite an estimated $1 Billion in damages and tens of thousands of taxpayers left without basic necessities, FEMA denied full assistance to 19 of the 26 New York counties requested by Governor Cuomo, including Westchester and Rockland Counties, meaning families and businesses will receive no relief. Additionally, six counties, including Putnam and Orange Counties, will not even receive Public Assistance from FEMA.
Senator Ball has called for a hearing on the storm response and communication failures following Hurricane Irene, and he will be holding a press conference outside the Red Cross shelter in Putnam Valley on Saturday at 2pm.
For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Jim Coleman: 914-837-5077.