Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor about the impact of the floods on the state of New York. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:
Today my thoughts are with all New Yorkers impacted by the flash floods that barrage the Hudson Valley, particularly Orange County, where the West Point Military Academy is located, as well as other parts of Upstate New York, particularly Ontario County.
The situation on the ground remains dangerous: streets have been turned into rivers, houses have been swept away in their entirety, and sadly at least one person has lost her life.
I’ve been in contact with the local first responders on the ground to ensure we’re doing everything we can in my office to help. Today, I also called on FEMA to be ready to grant any request from the State for a major disaster declaration. And I urge everyone in New York – and across the Northeast – to exercise caution in the coming days. The danger is not over. I will continue to monitor the situation and bring the long arm of the federal government to help in every way that we and it can.