ALBANY, N.Y. – Governor Andrew Cuomo has named the goal of New York State after three devastating storms: Building Back Better.
On Wednesday, NEWS10 ABC received an update from the governor on the process of storm cleanup after three hard-hitting storms during the New York Rising fall conference at the Empire State Plaza throughout the day.
After Superstorm Sandy devastated New York City's five boroughs and Long Island, Cuomo has empowered communities to develop their own recovery plans. The upstate New York communities which have been devastated by Irene and Lee were included in that.
With that in mind, Governor Cuomo launched the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program, using more than 500 million dollars in federal funds. The governor has empowered communities to create and implement plans for building back better. Those more than 102 communities will then turn in those plans and are eligible for anywhere from 3 million dollars to 25 million dollars to help turn those proposals into a reality.
Those groups are explaining what they've been able to do and what plans are in the works. Those plans are due five days from Wednesday. The governor brought those planning committees together, giving them a chance to present their proposals and learn from one another.
"Let's learn from it. Let's understand this new reality of extreme weather. Let's prepare for it, so next time and if we're lucky there is no next time but we've be foolish not to prepare for a next time there's less damage and we're in a better position to deal with it," Cuomo stated.
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