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Pelham Receives Most Of Hurricane Irene Money

PELHAM, N.Y. – About $96,000 in disaster relief funds from the federal government will help reimburse the Village of Pelham for police and fire costs due to last year’s Hurricane Irene.

Village Administrator Robert Yamuder informed the Board of Trustees about the money, which the village recently received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Yamuder submitted a reimbursement claim for money spent because of Hurricane Irene.

"It's around that," he said.

The costs of the storm included overtime pay for police officers and firefighters, and supplies such as flares for roadways.

The village is still waiting for $1,400 more in funds from FEMA, for a total of around $98,000, Yamuder said.

Yamuder said the village met with FEMA officials several times to determine if the village was eligible for the funding. He said the process took several months to complete.

The village did not suffer major damage, but had to call out police and firefighters during the storm and its aftermath.

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