Maloney Announces Major $11.5 Million Irene Investment
Middletown, NY - Three years after Hurricane Irene hit the Hudson Valley, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus, State Senator John Bonacic and local officials announced $11.5 million in additional Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant Disaster Relief (CDBG-DR) funding for Orange County to recover and rebuild from Irene. Since January 2014, Rep. Maloney has persistently worked with HUD to make Orange County municipalities eligible for reallocated CDBG-DR funds to fulfill unmet needs from Hurricane Irene. Without the action of Rep. Maloney, the $11.5 million in unallocated CDBG-DR funding would return to HUD.
“By pushing through bureaucratic red tape and working across the aisle we brought these critical investments in infrastructure that will help those communities who still have millions in unmet needs rebuild stronger and safer while creating jobs and growing our economy,” said Rep. Maloney.
"Hurricane Irene unleashed damage and destruction on the families and businesses of the Hudson Valley, but our region possesses a resilience unlike any other. Now, three years after one of the most disruptive natural disasters in recent memory, Orange County is once again a community open for business. Thanks to local, state, and federal collaboration and support, we have delivered for the residents of Orange County who have weathered the storm and waited patiently for this vital assistance," said Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus.
Senator John Bonacic said, “The Federal government stepped up and provided necessary assistance to homeowners and small businesses across New York who were devastated by both Irene and Lee in 2011. We thank all of our Federal Representatives for providing the critical assistance to our disaster victims.”
“I can’t say enough about the effort Congressman Maloney has put into fighting for disaster aid in Orange County and our community in Middletown. This is a critical time for Middletown to repair past damage and prepare for future storms, and with this disaster aid I’m proud to say help is on the way,” said Mayor Joseph DeStefano.
More than $169 million has been brought to our Hudson Valley homeowners, business and communities to help them recover and rebuild from Sandy, Irene and Lee, including more than $91 million in FEMA funding. Rep. Maloney continues to work with community leaders and local stakeholders from more than 50 municipalities to make critical progress towards filling the unmet needs of our Hudson Valley communities and businesses still recovering from Lee, Irene and Sandy.