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Cuomo “prepared to call special session” to deal with flooding issues

The rain just keeps coming in Mohawk Valley, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he’s ready to take action to get people back on their feet.

In a stop in Herkimer Sunday, the governor said there’s been work to make sure emergency repairs and stabilization were done following last week’s horrendous rains and floods.

On Monday, the governor will push Washington, and specifically, FEMA, to issue a disaster declaration, to ensure that federal resources and dollars are being pumped into the hardest hit areas of the state.

“On the off-chance that FEMA is not responsive for one reason or another, then the State of New York will stand behind that disaster declaration and we’ll turn to the state for help and the state will be there,” Cuomo said.

“The legislature is not currently in session and we’ll see how creative we can be on the stateside, but worst case scenario, I would be prepared to call a special session to have the legislature come back to deal with this issue if need be, because this is what government is all about,” Cuomo added.

Meanwhile, the clean-up continues in parts of Cortland County hit hard by heavy rains last week. There’s been no emergency declaration for that county, as crews continue to assess how much damage was done.

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