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Mayor Blake on Hurricane Sandy Funding: 'We're Going to Be Pushing FEMA to Change the Whole Process'

Mayor Blake addressed concerns from Board of Aldermen members about compensation and funding regarding Hurricane Sandy.

 

At Monday night's Board of Aldermen meeting, Milford Mayor Ben Blake answered questions from Aldermen members about Hurricane Sandy funding, as the Aldermen voted to approve additional allocations for overtime costs and tree removal by the City of Milford.

"It's really been part of the national debate -- Storm Sandy funding," Mayor Blake said. "I am confident that we will have between 75% to 100% compensation for all of the damage we have had thus far."

"The money right here that we're voting on is for overtime costs for City departments. This should be the final allocation for all costs overtime and tree removal. The hope is that in six months the general fund will be embursed," Blake added.

Board of Aldermen member Bryan Anderson asked Mayor Blake about funding that would provide Milford citizens living on the water with the ability to elevate their homes. 

"Folks want something definite," Mayor Blake responded. "We're going to be pushing FEMA to change the whole process. We're going to push FEMA, push the members of Congress, so that people aren't waiting years and years to find out if they're eligible in the first place."

Mayor Blake pointed out that over $100,000 have been donated by United Way of Milford to help those in Milford who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy.

kokopop January 09, 2013 at 12:35 PM
and all the people living on welfare's food stamps automatically got extra money on the cards wether or not they lost food and the working class stiff....we got nothing towards reimbursing our lost food! Big thanks to.....no one!
Michael Brown January 09, 2013 at 02:12 PM
Are you jealous of the people on welfare?
Mark Lofthouse January 09, 2013 at 02:55 PM
I am sure Milford will receive the relief funding we need from the Feds. At the Fed level, the biggest hurdle is getting all the pork out of this Bill.
James Givens (Shaw) January 09, 2013 at 04:16 PM
While feds are working on getting all the pork out (which is estimated at $250,000 of a $60 billion dollar bill) people are without housing. Obviously we can have different views of what people are due when they are victims of a natural disaster--but at the very least Milford deserves promised funding, and they need it sooner rather than later. No one should have to wait -- now 70 days -- for the feds to figure out what they will fund or won't fund.
Mark Lofthouse January 09, 2013 at 09:09 PM
Hi Susan, I totally agree that releif needs to be here in Milford... "yesterday". No denying this in the least. In the bigger picture, this delay shines a spotlight on the issue of pork barrel projects and those in Congress who seek to take advantage of tragic events and misfortune to add items to a Bill, such as Sandy Releif, that have nothing to do with the support our citizens need. Makes me angry to think that many are without the warmth of their own homes, due to the greed of many in the Senate and House. How do responsible Representatives weed though this maze at the speed necessary to meet the demand of the People. Not an easy job for sure. The system is broken when pork stands in the way of the real mission at hand. I hope your home gets back in action soon and everyone affected by Sandy receives the Federal asistance they need.
Michael Brown January 10, 2013 at 12:56 AM
Yes. let's hope no "pork" ever comes your way Mark.
RONALD M GOLDWYN January 10, 2013 at 02:59 PM
My daughter's home in Bridgeport had their basement flooded and they live blocks away from any water. When you lose power you lose the ability of sump pumps to work also. It is only after you lose power do you think of investing in a generator if you can afford it. If some member of congress can attach pork to the bill, then so can our Congresswoman Rosa. By now she has seniority in congress so as to do us some good. Mark, I have been on food stamps for over ten years, and I don't consider myself on the dole. It is something I paid for after a lifetime of payments. I never had disability, but only applied for SS when I reached the minimum required age. I suspect that you would not want to exchange incomes or health with me, but I am thankful for what the government provides me. At 75, medicare pays for all my needs especially my insulin which retails for about $1,000 a month (There is no generic Insulin on the market) Thank the Lord that you don't have heart disease and have a pacemaker implant, or have COPD with breathing problems. Be thankful that your feet and legs work so that you don't require an electric scooter to get you around. I remember when my now deceased 12 year old son had an inoperable brain tumor, but the couple next to us in the waiting room's daughter had cancer with no cure back then. Folks be thankful for what you have and not begrudge what some one else may get. NOW HAVE A HEALTHY NEW YEAR.
RONALD M GOLDWYN January 10, 2013 at 03:14 PM
Mark; I before E except after C. Susan; Will you do us a favor and ask whoever is in charge of the flags at city hall and have them show proper respect to our national colors. Look in the photo above and note that when the American flag is in the center of a group of flags, it MUST be the highest flag and not just of equal height. An alternative is to place the American flag on the extreme left when viewed from the audience. Flag etiquette should be instilled in every child, but unfortunately most adults due to a lack of knowledge disrespect that symbol which so many fought and died for, out of ignorance. Susan, I know this is a task that takes very little effort and I for one want to thank-you in advance.
Mark Lofthouse January 10, 2013 at 06:26 PM
Dear Ron, Please don't put words in my mouth....I never said you or any senior were "on the dole" for receiving Medicare or Food Stamps. Rather, my concern is when some in Congress tack on absurd Pork Barrel projects to much needed programs. One example that comes to mind is $19 million to study gas emissions from cow flatulence, This type of wasteful spending goes on every year and only stands to hurt programs that you and many senior depend on.....after all...you worked a lifetime to earn these benefits and deserve every penny. God bless!

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