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A partnership between the local, state and federal government to make sure the area is not only rebuilt, but that the quality of those repairs are improved in the process. Alexandra Weishaupt has more.
ULSTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- "In light of what we went through with Hurricane Sandy, Irene and Lee and taking those lessons and that trauma and reshaping our vision of New York through that experience," said Governor Cuomo.
It’s a message for those still continuing their clean-up efforts following the natural disasters that destroyed homes, buildings, roads, bridges and entire communities.
"Those were the worst natural disasters in the history of Ulster county and to be able to work with the governor’s office at the moment of the crisis and now two years later as well, continuing to work towards reconstruction, again, we’re very excited about it," said Mike Hein, Ulster County Executive.
A new commitment now designed to appropriate funds for infrastructure redesign efforts and preventative measures in the event of future storms.
"In some of the western parts of my county, there are very steep slopes where the water is not traditional flooding and the water rises very slowly stays for awhile and does damage, it's devastating and remarkably quick and tears bridges from their foundations," said Hein.
Efforts now include rebuilding to a new standard ensuring residents have access to relief.
Hein went on to say, "Any main focus points where we need to be able to get people evacuated, those need to be first on the list, and as we move forward obviously we'll work from there on a priority basis."