Monday was the 2-week mark since Hurricane Sandy for businesses in Piermont that still don’t have power.
Senator Chuck Schumer was joined by several local and state officials on Monday for a tour of the flood damage in Piermont.
Piermont Mayor Chris Sanders led the tour, which included Schumer, Congresswoman Nita Lowey, New York Assemblymembers Ellen Jaffee and Ken Zebrowski, State Senator David Carlucci and Michael Oates, president and CEO of Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation.
The tour began at Village Hall and went down Piermont Avenue to several of the local businesses, some without power and all of them still recovering.
During his visit to Rockland County, he petitioned the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to open the county’s second Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in the Piermont-area to provide better support to local residents.
Schumer also requested that the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation set up a temporary office within Piermont to help small business owners affected by the Storm. By doing so, Piermont business owners will get the help they need right in their backyard.
“I was working with the mayor (on Monday) on getting a satellite office set up,” said Oates. “I’m going to call him later this week and probably set it up next week as a way to talk to businesses and help them through the process with FEMA and banks.”