By Dave Warner

Home acquisition and demolition have begun in the Village of Dolgeville, thanks to a FEMA grant of $1.9 million that was awarded in 2022.

Mayor Mary Puznowski stated, “The total number of properties that will be taken down is seventeen. So far, they’ve taken down four.”

“We still have some closings yet to do, but we expect to finish those this week or early next week. After that, if there’s any asbestos or other abatements that have to occur, they’ll be taken care of,” she said.

The Mayor says she expects the project to be completed in two to three weeks.

“We’re just finishing up a planning grant we were awarded from DEC to create a flood mitigation area, which could be a park or community green space with benches and a walking path – permeable surfaces, which will help with flood issues in the future,” Puznowski remarked.

In November 2019, Congresswoman Stefanik penned a bipartisan letter to former Governor Andrew Cuomo urging the governor’s administration to take all necessary steps to ensure full restoration for the families, businesses, and neighborhoods affected by severe storms, including a Preliminary Damage Assessment with FEMA.

In December 2019, following Congresswoman Stefanik’s advocacy, President Donald Trump officially declared a major disaster declaration for the State of New York, which triggered the release of federal funds to help communities in Upstate New York and the North country recover from severe storms that caused massive property damage.

Photo by Dave Warner - Work continues on North Main Street in Dolgeville as contractors begin demolishing seventeen homes that were damaged by flooding.

Photo by Dave Warner – Work continues on North Main Street in Dolgeville as contractors begin demolishing seventeen homes that were damaged by flooding.