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Maloney Writes to White House, Applauds Approval of Emergency Declaration

Sep 3, 2021
Press Release

Maloney Writes to White House, Applauds Approval of Emergency Declaration
Early this morning, President Biden approved Governor Hochul’s Emergency Declaration request for the State of New York

Washington, D.C. – Last night, members of the New York delegation from both parties and both Houses of Congress urged President Joe Biden to immediately grant Governor Kathy Hochul’s request for federal resources to support the response to Hurricane Ida’s impacts on the state. Hours after the request was made, the president issued an emergency declaration for the State of New York, designating FEMA assistance for the counties of Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester. Additional designations may be made as evaluations continue. In response to this swift approval, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) released the following statement. 

“Proud to join my colleagues in support of Governor Hochul’s Emergency Declaration request for New York last night. I’m grateful to President Biden and his Administration for their swift approval. I continue to be in touch with the White House and Governor’s office and will push for any and all federal help our state needs,” said Rep. Maloney. “Please join me in thanking the first responders and local leaders who’ve been on the frontlines of our response to this storm, working around the clock to help our great state recover. New Yorkers are resilient and with the necessary resources, I know we will make a full and swift recovery.”  

On Wednesday night, millions of people experienced historic flooding and winds from the remnants of Hurricane Ida, which had become a tropical depression after ravaging parts of Louisiana and Mississippi. New York residents experienced flooded homes, fallen bridges, damaged vehicles, and an inability to access critical public infrastructure like public transportation and hospitals. The impact of the storm will add significant health and economic strain at a time when many are already struggling from the impacts of the pandemic. On Thursday, Governor Hochul officially requested that the emergency declaration issued for Hurricane Ida be extended to include their respective states as a result of the severe impact of the storm.

Members from the New York delegation who joined the letter are Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Reps. Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY), Antonio Delgado (D-NY), Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Mondaire Jones (D-NY), John Katko (R-NY), Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY), Grace Meng (D-NY), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Kathleen M. Rice (D-NY), Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Thomas Suozzi (D-NY), Claudia Tenney (R-NY), Paul D. Tonko (D-NY), Ritchie Torres (D-NY), Nydia Velásquez (D-NY), and Lee Zeldin (R-NY).

Click here to read the full text of the letter.