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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
February 26, 2003

Statement by the Press Secretary

The President yesterday declared an emergency exists in the State of New York and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by the record/near record snowstorms on December 25-26, 2002, and January 3-4, 2003.

The President's action makes Federal funding available to the State and eligible local governments in 17 counties.

FEMA intends to provide assistance for emergency protective measures undertaken to save lives, protect public health and safety, and property. This emergency assistance will be provided for a period of 96 hours for Albany, Chenango, Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Herkimer, Montgomery, Otsego, Schenectady, Sullivan, and Ulster Counties. Emergency assistance will be provided for a 48-hour period for Broome, Fulton, Oneida, Orange, Saratoga, and Schoharie Counties.

Joe M. Allbaugh, Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), named Marianne Jackson as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected area.