Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has formally requested that President Barack Obama declare a major federal disaster for New York State and 26 counties, including Saratoga, Washington and Warren Counties, as a result of the severe rains and incessant damaging flooding that has occurred since April 26.
The Governor has requested that Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsak issue a natural disaster designation.
Other counties included in the Governor's request are: Allegany, Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Clinton, Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Herkimer, Lewis, Madison, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, St. Lawrence, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Ulster, and Yates.
"The seemingly never-ending rains and ensuing flooding have caused severe damage and losses in many corners of the State," Governor Cuomo said. "While State agencies continue to do all that is possible to assist the impacted areas, I am asking President Obama for federal assistance to help our citizens and their communities on the road to recovery."