September 10, 2013
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Attends First NY Rising Community Reconstruction Meetings for Broome and Tioga Counties

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today visited the City of Binghamton to attend the inaugural meetings of two of the regions New York Rising Community Reconstruction Planning Committees, 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 New York Rising Community Reconstruction program uses a ground-up approach to strengthen communities around the state that have suffered damage from major storms in recent years, Governor Cuomo said. This approach pairs local input with state-level support to ensure that the redevelopment of our communities occurs in ways that will both last for generations and integrate with community needs and assets. Through this grass-roots model we are building back stronger and better than ever before.

 

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.

 

The NY Rising Community for Broome County is eligible for up to $15,660,947 in CDBG-DR funding. The breakdown by locality is as follows:

  • City of Binghamton $3,000,000
  • Town of Conklin $3,000,000
  • Town of Union $3,660,947
  • Town of Vestal $3,000,000
  • Village of Johnson City $3,000,000
  • Village of Endicott added to the planning process through consensus of participating localities.

 

TMembers of the Broome County NY Rising Community Planning Committee include:

  • Tim Grippen, (Co-Chair) President, Binghamton Local Development Corporation
  • Vince Pasquale (Co-Chair) Assistant Dean of the School of Management at Binghamton University
  • Gail Domin (Co-Chair) Planning Consultant
  • Dave Hubeny Director of Emergency Management, Binghamton University
  • Alan Hertel Executive Director, Broome County United Way
  • Charles McElwee Director, Broome County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Rev. Dr. Joe Sellepack Executive Director, Broome County Council of Churches
  • Patrick Brennan Former Broome County Executive/Deputy County Executive
  • David Tannenhaus Executive Director, Binghamton Housing Authority
  • Karry Mullins Assistant Superintendent for Administration, Binghamton City School District
  • Erik Miller Executive Director, Southern Tier East Regional Planning Development Board
  • Bob Pass Regional Manager, Community Outreach and Development, NYSEG
  • Elaine Miller Commissioner, Broome County Department of Planning and Economic Development
  • Paul Nelson Director, Town of Union Planning Department
  • Tom Delamarter Superintendent of Public Works, Town of Conklin
  • Robert Bennett Director, Village of Johnson City Department of Public Works
  • Tarik Abdelazim Director, City of Binghamton Department of Planning, Housing and Community Development
  • Gary Campo Town of Vestal Engineers

 

The NY Rising Community for Tioga County is eligible for up to $12,000,000 in CDBG-DR funding. The breakdown by locality is as follows:

  • Town of Nichols $3,000,000
  • Village of Nichols $3,000,000
  • Town of Owego $3,000,000
  • Village of Owego $3,000,000
  • Town of Tioga added to the planning process through consensus of participating localities.

 

Members of the Tioga County NY Rising Community Planning Committee include:

  • Dr. John Baust (Co-Chair) UNESCO Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Director of the Institute of Biomedical Technology at the State University of New York at Binghamton
  • Ches Spencer (Co-Chair) Tioga County Planning Board member
  • Martha Sauerbrey President and CEO, Tioga County Chamber of Commerce and County Legislator
  • Lee Ann Tinney Tioga County Economic Development Director and Village of Nichols resident
  • Elaine Jardine Tioga County Planning Director
  • Bob Williams Deputy Fire Chief, Village of Owego
  • Ron Dougherty Retired, Resident of Village of Owego
  • Erik Miller Executive Director of Southern Tier East Regional Planning Development Board
  • Bob Pass Regional Manager, Community Outreach and Development, NYSEG
  • Debra Standinger Town of Owego Planning and Zoning Administrator
  • Wendy Walsh District Manager, Tioga County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Ed Kuhlman Owner, Tioga Gardens
  • Drew Griffin Resident, Town of Tioga and Tioga County IT Acting Director
  • Barb Crannell Resident and Town Board Member, Town of Nichols

 

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