Interstate cooperation key to Rockland flooding fix

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The Clarkstown supervisor says cooperation between New York and New Jersey is vital to fight ongoing flooding along the Hackensack River in Rockland. Clarkstown Supervisor Alex Gromack says a $1.2 million project in place to alleviate flooding in West Nyack will help, but it won't solve the bigger problem. Gromack has come up with a plan to get that assistance by forming the Hackensack River Watershed Authority. The authority would combine the efforts of New York and New Jersey to come up with flooding solutions along the river that sometimes overflows between the two states.

Residents in West Nyack whose homes were flooded in April welcome the plan. Many have started to rebuild with hesitation, fearing another storm. They say Gromack?s plan provides hope.

Gromack sent letters to Governor Eliot Spitzer (D-NY) and Governor Jon Corzine (D-NJ) and is awaiting their responses. Gromack also says he's confident cooperation between the two states could work since it has in the past with the Port Authority and the Palisades Interstate Park Commission.

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