New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says it's important the North Country is better prepared for natural disasters.
The governor was in the town of Jay Wednesday, talking about the New York Rising Community Reconstruction program. The towns of Jay and Keene are eligible for $3 million each to rebuild from Tropical Storm Irene. Cuomo says although events like Tropical Storm Irene can ruin beloved landmarks, it's more important to rebuild them to withstand future storms rather than recreate what can be ruined again.
"Yes, it was terrible. Yes, we came together and we did a great thing, and wound up at the end of the day better than we were before. That's the story of the firehouse, that's the story of Keene, that's the story of the North Country, that's the story of this state. People who got knocked down and got up and made the situation better than before," said Cuomo, D-New York.
Cuomo also presented a check for $1.5 million to the Jay Fire Department. The money will help pay for a new fire station to replace the one that was destroyed during Irene.