September 24, 2013
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Attends NY Rising Community Reconstruction Meeting in Ulster County

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today visited SUNY New Paltz in Ulster County to attend a meeting of the Ulster County New York Rising Community Reconstruction Planning Committee, 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.


Over the past few years, communities across the Mid-Hudson region have been disrupted by once-in-a-generation storms like Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, Governor Cuomo said. Since then the State has stepped up to help impacted home and business owners recover from the damage and we plan to continue that hard work by planning for the next big storm. Through the New York Community Reconstruction program, Ulster County has the opportunity do just that to design a ground-up approach that puts millions of federal dollars toward building back 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 Ulster County NY Rising Community is eligible for up to $30,000,000 in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding. A breakdown by locality is as follows:


  • Village of New Paltz $3,000,000
  • Village of Saugerties $3,000,000
  • Village of Ellenville $3,000,000
  • Town of New Paltz $3,000,000
  • Town of Saugerties $3,000,000
  • Town of Olive $3,000,000
  • Town of Woodstock $3,000,000
  • Town of Rosendale $3,000,000
  • Town of Rochester $3,000,000
  • Town of Wawarsing $3,000,000


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


  • Steve Kelly (Co-Chair), CEO of Ellenville Regional Hospital
  • Julia Robbins (Co-Chair), New Paltz resident and business owner
  • Mary Heyer, New Paltz resident and business owner
  • Chris Marx, New Paltz Highway Superintendent
  • Peter Ferranti, Owner of Wallkill View Farms
  • Ray Lunati, local resident
  • Joe Miller, New Paltz Fire Department
  • Brian Obach, Professor at SUNY New Paltz
  • Liz Harschow, Ulster County Planning Board
  • Randy Ricks, Centerville Fire Chief
  • Mery Rosado, local business owner
  • Dave Mason, Village of Saugerties Fire Chief
  • Alex Wade, Village of Saugerties Special Projects Coordinator
  • Patrick Wadden, Village of Saugerties business owner
  • Mike Rogers, Owner of Saugerties Power Boat Club
  • Mike Reynolds, Woodstock Highway Superintendent
  • Sam Magarelli, Woodstock resident
  • Ken Panza, Woodstock Town Council
  • Edward Kahil, Olive resident
  • John Fugel, Olive Highway Superintendent
  • Mario Occhi, Owner of Boiceville Market
  • Ken Hasset, Rosendale Town Council
  • Sara McGinty, Rosendale Attorney
  • Dennis Kaye, Rosendale resident
  • Richard Travers, President of the Roundout Business Association
  • Laura Finestone, Rochester resident
  • Veronica Sommer, Former Rochester Town Clerk
  • Mary Sheeley, Ellenville Village Manager
  • Joe Stoeckeler, Former Ulster County Legislator
  • Mike Avery, Chief Operate, Ellenville Water Department
  • Tony Paes, Wawarsing Highway Superintendent
  • Hank Alicandri, Director of Land Stewardship, Mohonk Preserve
  • Karen Osterhoudt, Wawarsing resident and business owner
  • Steve Finkle, Former Economic Development Director for the City of Kingston
  • Dennis Doyle, Director of Ulster County Planning
  • Michael Berg, Executive Director of Family of Woodstock, Inc.
  • Kathleen Capella, District Conservationist, USDA, NRCS

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