Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today attended the Town of Stony Points New York Rising Community Reconstruction Planning Committees inaugural meeting, where planning experts, community officials, and residents gathered to kick off the long-term rebuilding process following the major storms over the past two years.
The New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program launched earlier this year by the Governor and funded by the federal recovery dollars is designed to empower communities that suffered significant damage in recent storms to create and implement locally-oriented strategies to rebuild and better prepare for future extreme weather. The Town of Stony Point is eligible to receive up to $3 million to help prepare a comprehensive plan to guide their recovery and long-term rebuilding.
The New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program empowers communities across the state that have been hit hard by extreme weather over the last few years to come together and build back stronger and smarter, Governor Cuomo said. This program pairs a ground-up approach that utilizes local expertise with state-level support, allowing communities to develop their own plans to repair critical infrastructure and strengthen essential services. The end result is one that benefits the whole states future communities that are not only rebuilt, but reconstructed to be more resilient and prepared for any future storms.
Located in 102 communities across the state, New York Rising Community Reconstruction Planning Committees are comprised of community leaders, experts, and officials who incorporate their communitys unique needs into their redevelopment strategies. Communities have eight months to prepare and submit their plans. Grant amounts will be based on FEMA assessed damage levels as well as applications for new infrastructure and other mitigation, and will be awarded once the communitys plan is complete and submitted to the State for approval. The communities will be eligible to share in more than $500 million of funding made available through the federal supplemental appropriation the Governor worked with Congress to obtain earlier this year.
The State will also award at least $250 million of the States FEMA-funded Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) to New York Rising Communities to implement eligible projects contained in their plans. In addition, a $3 million bonus will be awarded for best plans in several categories, including community involvement, use of technology in planning, and best regional collaboration.
Members of the Planning Committee for the Town of Stony Point include:
- Gurran Kane, Co-Chair: Mr. Kane is the Director of the Antique & Classic Boat Society and a Trustee of the Rose Memorial Scholarship. He is a lifelong Stony Point resident and worked for Orange and Rockland Utilities for over 30 years as a Plant Operator. Mr. Kane is also the retired Chair of the Stony Point Planning Department and serves on the Assessment Board of Review.
- Steven Scurti, Co-Chair: Mr. Scurti is currently the Emergency Coordinator for the Town of Stony Point, helping the community identify potential hazards and emergency preparedness plans. He previously served in the New York State Police and went on to become Chief of the Stony Point Police Department, where he served for more than two decades. He is a lifelong Stony Point resident.
- Luanne Konopko, Committee Member: Ms. Konopko is a Town Councilmember and chairs the Towns Economic Development Committee.
- Kevin Maher, Committee Member: Mr. Maher is an engineer for Stony Point.
- Steve Porath, Committee Member: Mr. Porath is the Executive Director of Rockland Countys Industrial Development Agency. He is a resident of Stony Point.
- Jim McDonnell, Committee Member: Mr. McDonnell is a resident of Stony Point.
- Bob Burns, Committee Member: Mr. Burns works in the banking sector and a resident of Stony Point.
- Susan Filgueras, Committee Member: Ms. Filgueras is a resident of Stony Point and Director of Stony Point Action Committee for the Environment
- Rick Struck, Committee Member: Mr. Struck serves as Director of Economic Development for Orange & Rockland Utilities.
- Steve Beckerle, Committee Member: Mr. Beckerle is a local business owner.
- Geoff Finn, Committee Member: Mr. Finn was elected Supervisor of the Town of Stony Point in 2012.
- Dominic Posillipo, Committee Member: Mr. Posillipo is a resident of Stony Point.
- Rebecca Casscles, Committee Member: Ms. Casscles is an impacted homeowner and resident of Stony Point.
- Wellington Casscles, Committee Member: Mr. Casscles is an impacted homeowner and local business owner.
- William Sheehan, Committee Member: Mr. Sheehan is a building inspector in the Town of Stony Point.