Orange Co. struggling to pay for storm cleanup

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Orange County Executive Edward Diana is calling on Gov. David Paterson to declare his county a disaster area following a recent snowstorm.

The storm downed trees and caused roof collapses and thousands of power outages, draining the budgets of local municipalities. The City of Middletown alone is estimating more than $100,000 in overtime, sand, salt and property damage.

"We don't have that much money left to purchase salt or repair equipment," says Jacob Tawil, of the Middletown Department of Public Works.

The county executive is also asking Paterson to consider seeking a federal disaster declaration that would allow individuals to recoup their losses caused by the storm.

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