Senator James Seward and Assemblyman Pete Lopez joined local officials from Schoharie County and others at the Prokop family’s farm, Crossbrook Farm, in Middleburgh on Wednesday.

The coalition detailed local flood recovery projects in Schoharie County, particularly along the Line Creek and discussed the recent funding awards obtained by the state legislators with Governor Cuomo’s office.

Senator Seward said: “In the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster, the priority is on restoring lives and making the repairs needed to ensure our communities are safe, next comes preparing for the future.”

As the one-year anniversary of the floods approaches next month, both state legislators joined Governor Cuomo last week to announce $9 million in flood mitigation and control grants they had helped secure for the counties they represent. The funding will come through the NY Works program and will assist flood recovery, in terms of streambed cleanup and restoration projects, in 23 counties across the region.

Additionally, thanks to the efforts of Senator Seward and Assemblyman Lopez, the Governor is also providing $7 million to offset counties’ 25 percent non-federal match requirements. Coupled with another $44 million in federal and local funding that the Governor’s office announced last week, emergency watershed protection and flood reduction projects now have the necessary funding to become closer to completion.