FEMA has approved a major disaster declaration for Chenango and Otsego Counties along with 16 other counties from damage sustained in the October 31 and November 1 storms and flash flooding. According to Governor Cuomo's Office, the next step is for the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to identify recovery projects to apply for reimbursement through the Public Assistance program. The federal government hasn’t yet decided on the state’s request for reimbursement for homeowners under the Individual Assistance program.