Gov. Cuomo may call Legislature back for flood relief

Floodwaters washed out a railroad track in Earlville

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he'll call the state Legislature back to address recent upstate New York flooding if the federal government declines to issue a disaster declaration.

Cuomo issued an emergency declaration a week ago for 15 counties, followed by the request for a federal disaster declaration that would provide money for rebuilding.

Last week, Cuomo requested that President Barack Obama issue a major disaster declaration for the state of New York following the severe storms and major flooding that swept through Central New York last week.

He says owners of about 150 homes with significant damage need help, local governments need money for rebuilding roads and culverts and he's pushing for Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster funds.

Failing that, Cuomo says they'll see "how creative" his administration can be providing help, but in "a worst case scenario" he's prepared to call lawmakers back to Albany to deal with it.

This year's legislative session ended in June.

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