Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Keene today to cut the ribbon at the new fire hall, built after Tropical Storm Irene destroyed the old fire house – but he is also touring communities hit hard by Friday’s heavy rain.
In brief comments, Cuomo said that one person had died in the floods in the Mohawk valley, calling the situation serious. He planned to tour parts of Hamilton and Herkimer counties later on Saturday.
Cuomo said that extreme weather events are happening far more often in New York and said that one of his priorities would be to continue preparing communities for storms like Irene and Sandy.
Cuomo connected the dots between these events and climate change, which he said was scientifically proved. Cuomo noted that some people have “politicized” global warming as an issue but said the time had come for pragmatic action.
Meanwhile, communities from Johnsburg to Elizabethtown in the Adirondacks continue to clean up following the storm, with bridges and roads damaged by Friday’s surge of rain water.
We’ll have full coverage of the storm’s aftermath, and of the ceremony at the Keene Fire Hall, Monday during Morning Edition and the 8 O’clock Hour on NCPR.