SUNY BEST: NY Rising funds

By Brandi Bailey

SUNY BEST: NY Rising funds

February 6, 2014 Updated Feb 6, 2014 at 7:15 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) SUNY BEST presented the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program Thursday.

It's a program that gives additional funding to municipalities that are still recovering from Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee and Superstorm Sandy.

Nearly $40 million has been allocated for Broome and Tioga counties.

Towns and villages met and made lists of what needs to be done within their communities.

A committee will decide which projects will get done based on a list of criteria.

The projects must have impact on infrastructure and help members of the community.

"Part of it has to have an economic development impact, that there are needs for looking at regional implications because the rivers don't stop at the border of one county or municipality," said Vince Pasquale with the NY Rising Planning Committee.

Public hearings are being organized to present lists to the community.

Organizers hope to see work being done during the upcoming construction season.

There isn't a definite time when municipalities will receive the funding.

For more information on NY Rising head over to stormrecovery.ny.gov.

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