HUDSON VALLEY – On July 10th,Congressman Lawler spent the majority of the day surveying the flood damage across the 17th District with state and local leaders and Hudson Valley residents.
Congressman Lawler has been in constant communication with state and local elected officials across the 17th District concerning the damage from the recent flooding, including Putnam County Executive Kevin Byrne, Rockland County Executive Ed Day, Assemblywoman Dana Levenberg, Assemblyman Matt Slater, State Senator Rob Rolison, East Fishkill Supervisor Nick D’Alessandro, Philipstown Supervisor John Van Tassel, Stony Point Supervisor Jim Monaghan, Putnam Valley Supervisor Jackie Annabi, Carmel Supervisor Michael Cazzari, Cortlandt Supervisor Dr. Rich Becker, Yorktown Supervisor Tom Diana, Cold Spring Mayor Kathleen Foley, and Nelsonville Mayor Chris Winward.
“The damage was far worse than initially expected,” Congressman Lawler said. “Roads and bridges and culverts were washed away. Businesses and homes were destroyed. Tragically, at least one Hudson Valley resident lost her life.”
Congressman Lawler has sent a letter to Governor Hochul and President Biden, asking the Governor to request a major disaster declaration and the President to approve it swiftly.
“The extensive damage to property and infrastructure across the region will likely be in the tens of millions of dollars,” Congressman Lawler continued, “I will continue working with my colleagues at the federal, state, and local levels to ensure that help arrives as expeditiously as possible.
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.