Posted at: 09/10/2013 5:02 PM
Updated at: 09/10/2013 7:41 PM
By: Bill Lambdin
COBLESKILL - They recently passed the two year mark from the once in 500 year downpour from Tropical Storm Irene.
There's still a lot to recover and rebuild.
"Many families in our community lost their homes," said Schoharie Mayor John Borst. "They lost their possessions. They lost their heirlooms."
You could imagine a meeting where tempers run short, frustration ruling the day.
But not here.
In a SUNY-Cobleskill classroom they came to praise Governor Cuomo and state assistance, even if the job is far from complete.
"In the village of Schoharie alone we lost over 80% of our buildings, including 100% of the businesses and every village, town and county facility," Borst said.
In addition to covering the share of recovery costs normally charged the localities, state leaders have set aside 12 million dollars for additional recovery and re-engineering costs in Middleburgh, Schoharie and Esperance.
"Now it's not a blank check," Governor Cuomo said to area residents and officials. "We want to see what you want to do with the funding."
And it isn't the first announcement of the money's availability, but timing isn't the issue for people still struggling to right nature's wrongs.
They want the help and the Governor says there's not going to the a lot of red tape associated with helping out.