County Manager Requests State/Federal Disaster Declaration for Sullivan County   

(Monticello) – County Manager David Fanslau today issued a letter to Governor David A. Paterson requesting that the governor issue a State declaration and request a federal disaster declaration related to the Blizzard of 2010 that affected Sullivan County the last week of February.  “During the course of 72 hours, some areas of our County realized snow accumulations in excess of 4.5 feet, and as a result extensive resources had to be expended in order to ensure the safety and comfort of our citizens” said Fanslau.

“Last weekend, February 26 - 28, approximately 120 members of Sullivan County’s snow removal crews put in up to 50 hours of overtime in 3 days.  As a result of the storm, the County, Towns and Villages have spent a total of $439,000.00 to date in cleanup efforts, which far exceeds our County’s cost threshold of $242,000 to receive emergency aid”, Fanslau added. 

“The Hudson Valley as a whole received severe damage and power outages from the Blizzard of 2010, and the cost of cleanup for this storm is not a cost that our County can afford during such difficult economic times.  I implore you to do whatever is within your power to issue the State Declaration of Emergency and to secure federal aid for the local municipalities that we serve,” concluded Fanslau.

For more information about this press release, please contact David Fanslau, County Manager, at 845-807-0450.

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