The state funding comes after FEMA denied federal aid to individual homeowners and residents affected by the floods. Cuomo says he is disappointed that FEMA will not be helping homeowners. He says the state will provide the assistance that FEMA is not.Some residents in the area say it will be a tough decision to make between repairing their home or walking away. Dozens of homes were destroyed or condemned due to flood damage but Joe Penree isn't sure what will happen to his Mohawk house. Penree has been able to get back in but the repairs may cost more than the home is worth. Penree says having the state buy him out and knock down the house might be the best option"It's a problem. Why spend all this money if it's possible to have it happen again?" asked Penree.President Obama issued a major federal disaster declaration for 12 of the 15 counties that were affected by flooding; however, the money can only be used on infrastructure, or for the repair or replacement of official facilities. There was no money allocated for the people who are suffering.Cuomo has said that if the Federal Government does not come through, the state wound.
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On Tuesday, Cuomo said he and legislators are ready to devote about $10 million to hundreds of flooding victims in the Mohawk Valley. Cuomo says legislative leaders support the spending from the state's $135 billion budget.