Rep. Delgado Makes Successful Bipartisan, Bicameral Request to Biden to Commit Federal Resources to Ida Recovery, Continues to Call for More Relief for New Yorkers

September 3, 2021
Press Release

RHINEBECK, NY – U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) joined members of the New York delegation from both parties and both Houses of Congress on Thursday to urge President Joe Biden to immediately grant Governor Kathy Hochul’s request for federal resources to support the response to Hurricane Ida’s impacts on the state. Hours after the request was made, the president subsequently issued an emergency declaration for the State of New York, designating FEMA assistance for the counties of Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester.

While the President granted the Governor's request for an Emergency Declaration, the awarded declaration is limited to direct federal assistance and reimbursement for mass care including evacuation and shelter support​. Rep. Delgado continues to call on the President to approve the Governor’s request for Individual Assistance to New Yorkers recovering from Hurricane Ida. Additional designations may be made as evaluations continue.

“As we continue to face the COVID-19 pandemic and the surge in cases of the Delta variant, it is critical that everyone who calls New York home has reliable electricity, telephone, and internet service,” the members wrote in the letter. “Combined with the challenges already facing municipal budgets in both states, and ongoing recovery from several major disasters in recent years and today’s co-existing pandemic, the extensive damages caused by Hurricane Ida pose a serious threat to New York’s economic recovery. Federal assistance is urgently needed.”

Members from the New York delegation who joined the letter are Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Reps. Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY), Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Mondaire Jones (D-NY), John Katko (R-NY), Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY), Grace Meng (D-NY), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Kathleen M. Rice (D-NY), Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Thomas Suozzi (D-NY), Claudia Tenney (R-NY), Paul D. Tonko (D-NY), Ritchie Torres (D-NY), Nydia Velásquez (D-NY), and Lee Zeldin (R-NY).

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