Rockland and Westchester counties are set to be designated a federal disaster area and be able to receive federal reimbursement for local governments and individuals.
The declaration would provide federal aid for individual assistance and debris removal, as well as “emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program,” according to the governor’s office.
Earlier this week, President Obama declared a federal disaster area for New York City and Long Island. Local officials called on the federal government to do the same for Rockland and Westchester, which suffered severe damage and had more than 280,000 people without power.
Local governments would be boosted by the federal support. Both Westchester and Rockland county governments are grappling with major budget woes.