September 1, 2011
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Fed reps tour Irene damage in Greene County
CATSKILL – When US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand took a first-hand
look at the devastation from Hurricane Irene on Greene County, her facial
expression told the whole story. She was shocked at the degree of flood
damage. Gillibrand and Congressman Christopher Gibson visited flood ravaged
Greene County Wednesday, to view first hand the damage and also to meet
with concerned homeowners and business people, many of whom have been
displaced in the wake of Hurricane Irene. Many sections of Greene remain
isolated and without power.
Gibson believes any additional federal money needed for the state could come from reassigned federal funds. “I think we can get some money from the defense appropriations bill in terms of reprogramming,” he said. “I think that is just one area and there are other areas as well, but that’s why we have a disaster relief fund is for moments like this, it’s for America. We are going to rebuild.”
Simon Pagnani, who is eight, took in some of the damage along the Catskill
Creek and said it looked like the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Gibson
said he was proud of the resilience and teamwork on displayed in the emergency
response to the storm which he credited with saving lives. "We had
counties helping counties, towns going to other towns that was the nature
of this storm, it hit some harder than other but now we are all in this
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