Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday said President Biden will allocate federal funds to help New York recover from the damage caused by unexpected flashed floods that caused several deaths Wednesday night.
“Moments ago I was on the phone with the White House, President Biden called, offered any assistance, he repeated any assistance that the state of New York needs — I told them, we’ll take him up on that,” said Hochul at a press conference in Queens.
“We’ll be doing on the ground assessments of the damage with the team of teams, our local partners, and making sure we get a true accounting of the loss that he promised that he will guarantee, he said I guarantee you [that] I will approve any declaration you need emergency declaration, so we can get the money flowing to New York to our municipalities to our cities, to our citizens the businesses affected, and certainly to the homeowners.”
“Were going to do everything we can to make sure we get all of the federal aid that’s needed,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York. “We will fight and make New York declared a disaster area.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio lamented the loss of life resulting from the record storm that caused mayhem in the Big Apple on Wednesday.
“Unfortunately, the price paid by some New Yorkers was horrible and tragic,” he said. “We have now lost nine New Yorkers to this storm. Nine people who were alive at this exact moment yesterday no idea that such a horrible fate could befall them.”
“This is the biggest wake up call we could possibly get,” he added. “We’re going to have to do a lot of things different and quickly.”
Also at the press briefing in Queens was Rep. Gregory Meeks, Borough President Donovan Richards, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and State Sen. John Liu of Queens.