Cuomo May Call Legislature Back for Flood Relief


Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he’ll call the state Legislature back to address recent upstate New York flooding if the federal government declines to issue a disaster declaration.

Cuomo issued an emergency declaration a week ago for 15 counties, followed by requesting a federal disaster declaration that would provide money for rebuilding. He says owners of about 150 homes with significant damage need help and local governments need money for rebuilding roads and culverts.

Failing FEMA aid, Cuomo says he’ll see “how creative” his administration can be providing help, but in “a worst case scenario” he’s prepared to call lawmakers back to Albany to deal with it.

FEMA says Monday it’s reviewing the request.