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Astorino convinced Westchester will receive FEMA disaster relief
County Executive Rob Astorino has been understandably busy these last few days, but he carved out enough time Wednesday to head home and see his family.
When he did, his next-door neighbor was waiting for him.
"She goes, 'What good is it to live next to the county executive if we're all in the dark?'" Astorino told News12 anchor Tim Cassidy Wednesday night.
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The county executive said he hadn't shaved, and his Mount Pleasant house was among the more than 200,000 still without power in the county since Hurricane Sandy barreled through the region on Monday. He said he understood why people are impatient.
"I'm just as frustrated," Astorino said.
But, he cautioned, recovery will take time. Astorino said he'd spoken to Con Edison CEO Kevin Burke, and met with NYSEG CEO Kevin Lynch, getting assurances from both that repair crews wouldn't shortchange Westchester County or divert resources elsewhere.
"We had a very frank and candid discussion about things we need to happen and happen soon," Astorino said of his meeting with Lynch.
His primary message was one of patience during the two main phases of recovery -- the immediate aftermath, when restoring power, mass transit and essential services is the priority, and the long-term rebuilding process. Repeating a statement he made a day earlier, Astorino said Westchester County will qualify for federal disaster relief. That includes money for local governments and non-profits, as well as money for regular people whose homes and businesses were especially hard hit.
"Little by little," Astorino said, "we'll see some progress."
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