How will you spend $3 million in flood money?

Above: A house near Schoharie, NY after Irene in 2011. Photo by fixBuffalo, via the Watershed Post Flickr pool

Communities across the Catskills have a shot at $3 million each to help them rebuild after the ravages of Hurricanes Sandy and Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. This month, they are all holding public meetings to ask their residents how they should spend it. (See below for dates and times.) 

The funding comes from the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program, launched by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2013. The progam earmarks $750 million in state and federal disaster funds for 102 "severely damaged" communities across the state. 

The severely damaged Catskills communities, according to the governor's list, are:

Public meetings for these communities are being held during the last two weeks in February at the dates and times below:

Shandaken/Hardenburgh Public Meeting
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 7:00pm
Shandaken Town Hall
7209 Route 28
Shandaken, NY
Town of Shandaken and Town of Hardenburgh Community, Catskills/Hudson Valley

Margaretville Public Meeting
Monday, February 24, 2014 - 6:00pm
Catskill Mountain Christian Center
629 Main Street
Margaretville, NY
Village of Margaretville Community, Catskills/Hudson Valley

Prattsville Public Engagement Meeting
Monday, February 24, 2014 - 7:00pm
Prattsville Community Church
Main Street
Prattsville, NY
Town of Prattsville Community, Catskills/Hudson Valley

Ulster Communities Public Meeting
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 6:00pm
Vanderlyn Hall Student Lounge
SUNY Ulster Main Campus
491 Cottekill Rd Stone Ridge, NY
Ulster County Communities Community, Catskills/Hudson Valley
New Paltz, Town and Village of Saugerties, Town of Wawarsing, Village of Ellenville, Town of Rochester, Town of Olive, Town of Woodstock, and Town of Rosendale

Sidney Public Engagement Meeting
Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 6:00pm
Village Hall, Civic Center
21 Liberty St
Sidney, NY
Village of Sidney Community, Catskills/Hudson Valley

Esperance, Schoharie, Middleburgh Public Engagement Meeting
Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 7:00pm
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
326 Main Street
Middleburgh, NY
Town of Esperance, Village of Esperance, Village of Schoharie, and Village of Middleburgh Community, Capital Region/North Country/Mohawk Valley