Today’s editorial, FEMA funds stall in GOP mire, gets an update: Last night, the Senate passed a measure that clears $7 billion for emergency disater relief funding for the Federal Emergency Disaster Administration (eight Republican senators defied leadership and voted for the funding). But now the House bill has to be reconciled with the Senate action. More politicking is expected, so replenishment of FEMA funding is far from a done deal and House GOP leadership differs on the amount needed and whether “offsets” with cuts are needed. (Here’s an article from the Albany Times Union.)
And, for a quick update of how some locals are faring with FEMA and post-Irene, I spoke this morning with Jo Hallett of Suffern, whose house was damaged beyond repair by Irene’s floodwaters. She says she’s so grateful for all the volunteers who helped her, and called the FEMA inspector “a very nice man.” Her home’s foundation is damaged, so she cannot even go back in. However, first responders went in to retrieve clothing, pictures and important medical records.
In other Opinionating:
The Democrat and Chronicle Editorial Board in Rochester looks at the United States Postal Service’s struggles and says: “Revise rules for postal service.” Closer to home, LoHud reports that the USPS cost-saving proposals could end some of the mail-sorting duties at the Monsey Post Office, with those duties going instead to the large Harrison facility off Westchester Avenue.
And we end with an editorial from the LA Times (Dakota Meyer and a grateful nation), hailing the remarkable bravery of Sgt. Dakota Meyer, the first living Marine to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan:
Meyer received the Medal of Honor on behalf of his colleagues; it is tribute to him that he did so, and a reminder to all Americans that servicemen and women risk their lives every day in defense of this nation’s interests. They deserve their country’s undivided gratitude.
PHOTOS: TOP: a section of North State Road between Route 9A and Pleasantville Road remains closed in Briarcliff Manor because of damage from Hurricane Irene. (Sept. 08 Journal News file photo), ABOVE: Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer, who was awarded the Medal of Honor Thursday at the White House.