Ulster legislature to reimburse towns for Irene flood mitigation


KINGSTON – Hurricane Irene was one of the costliest storms in recent memory for the region.  Several Ulster County towns, impacted by the huge storm in August 2011, spent a total of about $126,800 to fix damaged infrastructure.
The county legislature in its monthly session approved a budget transfer to reimburse several towns with money received from the state, 4 ½ years after Irene.
Minority Leader Hector Rodriguez credited legislators and the county executive for their effort.
 “I’m glad that there were legislators who stayed on top of this issue and did not let it go, but again, give credit where credit is due, I’m very happy the executive took the time to insure the money came through for us,” Rodriguez said.
Towns receiving reimbursements:

Hardenburg – $15,074
Lloyd – $26,240
Saugerties – $22,138
Shandaken – $28,400
Ulster – $9,685.

The towns must sign a memorandum of receipt indicating that in the event they receive flood remediation directly from the state, they must reimburse the county. 

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