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September 23, 2021

Declaration will allow Rockland residents and businesses impacted by Tropical Storm Ida to access federal funds and assistance

WHITE PLAINS, NY — Today, Congressman Mondaire Jones (D-NY) announced that President Biden has issued a Major Disaster Declaration for Rockland County following the historic rainfall and catastrophic flooding from Tropical Storm Ida earlier this month. The declaration, which Rep. Jones worked with local and federal officials to help secure, will enable Rockland residents and businesses impacted by the storms to access federal disaster relief funds and assistance.

“Tropical Storm Ida was devastating for our communities in Westchester and Rockland,” said Congressman Jones. “The record-breaking flooding we witnessed on both sides of the Hudson destroyed homes, devastated businesses, and, tragically, led to the loss of several lives. Federal assistance is essential as we work to rebuild from this storm, which is why I’m so proud to have helped secure a Major Disaster Declaration for Rockland County. With this declaration, residents in all of New York’s 17th Congressional District are now eligible to apply for federal disaster assistance. I’ll continue advocating for the disaster assistance our communities need, and the bold action necessary to build adequate infrastructure and address our climate crisis. We must prevent climate disasters like this one from becoming the norm.”

Residents in Rockland and Westchester whose homes or businesses were damaged can now apply for federal disaster assistance by visiting or by calling 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY should call 800-462-7585 directly. 

About Mondaire: Mondaire Jones is the 34-year-old Congressman from New York’s 17th District, serving Westchester and Rockland Counties. He serves on the House Judiciary, Education and Labor, and Ethics Committees and is the first openly gay, Black member of Congress. A product of East Ramapo public schools, Mondaire was raised in Section 8 housing and on food stamps in the Village of Spring Valley by a single mother who worked multiple jobs to provide for their family. He later graduated from Stanford University, worked at the Department of Justice during the Obama Administration, and graduated from Harvard Law School. He is a co-founder of the nonprofit Rising Leaders, Inc. and has previously served on the NAACP’s National Board of Directors and on the board of the New York Civil Liberties Union. Most recently, Mondaire worked as a litigator in the Westchester County Law Department. In November, Mondaire was unanimously elected by his colleagues to be the Freshman Representative to Leadership, making him the youngest member of the Democratic House leadership team. In December, Jones was appointed a Deputy Whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and became a Co-Chair of the LGBTQ Equality Caucus. Mondaire was born and raised in Rockland, and resides in Westchester