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Gov. Hochul, Sen. Schumer tour Ida-damaged areas of Westchester

Gov. Kathy Hochul toured some of the flood-damaged areas of Westchester Friday, along with some of the most powerful federal lawmakers in New York.

News 12 Staff

Sep 3, 2021, 9:08 PM

Updated 1,018 days ago

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Gov. Kathy Hochul toured some of the flood-damaged areas of Westchester Friday, along with some of the most powerful federal lawmakers in New York.
News 12 was there when Majority Leader Chuck Schumer walked by Julia Bilotta as her emotional dam broke. Schumer was touring her parents' flood-damaged business, Bilotta Kitchens, which will have to be rebuilt again due to flooding.
Bilotta expressed skepticism that help would arrive.
"We've seen him come in, take his pictures, do his little press conference, leave and then nothing happens. It's sad," says Bilotta.
A spokesperson for the majority leader says he has worked long and hard fighting to stop Mamaroneck's flooding, and earlier Friday he held a press conference along with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and others where he voiced his own frustration with the delays.
"There have been far too many times that Mamaroneck has been beaten and battered by storms only to have the federal bureaucracy leave them hanging out to dry," said Schumer.
Schumer says he believes President Joe Biden can make a difference in fixing the problem for good, but even that will take time.
Vincent Marconi has the plywood he used for flooding in 2007 and 2012, and he used it this week.
He says it wasn't enough then and it wasn't enough now to save his auto parts shop
"I do have some flood insurance but definitely not enough to cover the loss. The loss is tremendous," says Marconi.
President Biden approved an emergency disaster declaration for 14 New York counties, including Westchester.
While that can help get some relief now, some wonder what happens when the next bad storm hits the area.
Dianne Canty showed News 12 her mom's backyard in Yonkers, which is crumbling into a cliff thanks to this week's rain.
"We're just hoping whatever is left back there holds up, so the foundation isn't you know, moving forward and falling off the cliff," says Canty.
Back in Mamaroneck, as they clean up Bilotta Kitchens again, Julia says she has one hope.
"To see action and results. We haven't seen that at all," says Bilotta.
The Mamaroneck Fire Department says its crews went out on more than 100 water rescues for the storm.
Gov. Hochul pledged to do a full examination of what the state did right, and what must get better.


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