Cuomo Asks for More Federal Aid, Blasts Congress For ‘Playing Politics’

Gov. Andrew Cuomo sent a letter to President Barack Obama this afternoon asking for more financial assistance for upstate counties effected by flooding due to Tropical Storm Lee.

“Tropical Storm Lee caused severe flooding in both Orange and Ulster counties,” said Governor Cuomo. “Residents, farmers, local governments and businesses need federal aid in order to fully recover from the damage. FEMA has been an outstanding partner in our response and recovery from the damage inflicted by Tropical Storm Lee and I urge them to continue their aid for these two counties.”

The letter comes after Gov. Cuomo spent the morning on Fred Dicker’s radio show blasting House Republicans for trying to tie disaster relief to other cuts in the federal budget.”

My great fear is that the national campaign begins now and Congress stops functioning, which it did last night on the floor bill,” Mr. Cuomo said.

Earlier today, Gov. Cuomo announced that the state was sending $2.4 million to 125 New York farms to help New York’s agricultural communities recover from bother Lee and Hurricane Irene.

But on Dicker, he implied that it wasn’t enough.

“These farmers are going out of business today,” Mr. Cuomo said, adding. “You play your politics on your time and you figure it out on your time, not on the backs of the little guy.”


Cuomo Asks for More Federal Aid, Blasts Congress For ‘Playing Politics’