Sullivan and Ulster Counties declared eligible for federal public aid

Above: A Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York truck makes a local delivery in Kiamesha Lake soon after Sandy's arrival in the region, October 31, 2012. Photo by John of Catskills Photography; shared in the Watershed Post Flickr group pool.

Good news for local governments: Sullivan and Ulster County, along with their town and village governments and some nonprofits, can apply for federal aid for Sandy-related spending.

Earlier this week, both counties got a disaster declaration from the Federal Emergency Managmement Agency that means their residents are eligible to apply for individual aid for Sandy-related losses. On Tuesday, both counties announced that they have been declared eligible for public aid to local governments as well.

An announcement by Sullivan County manager David Fanslau stated that a Disaster Recovery Center is expected to be set up in the county by the end of the week.

A brief notice on the Ulster County Emergency Management blog announced the public aid designation, and stated that local entities applying for public aid should stay tuned for more information.

Individuals can apply for FEMA disaster aid for Sandy-related losses online at, or by calling (800) 621-3362 or TTY (800) 462-7585.