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October 14, 2013

Community forums set on Jay, Keene flooding

KEENE — Jay and Keene public meetings on the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program are set for this week.

The first forum to discuss the impact of recent floods is 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Keene Fire Hall, 10820 Route 9N, Keene.

The second is 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Town of Jay Community Center, 11 School St., AuSable Forks.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo created the Reconstruction Program to help communities like Jay and Keene that were impacted by tropical storms Irene and Lee, along with Superstorm Sandy, to become stronger and better prepared for future weather events.  

Jay Town Supervisor Randy Douglas said in a news release that input from residents is important.

“A committee of Jay and Keene residents and stakeholders is working with the state to develop a plan to make our communities more resilient and would like your help. 

“Please join us in Keene or Jay to learn about the planning process and to share your knowledge and vision for your community.

“Over the coming months, the committee will be developing reconstruction strategies and will ask for your input each step along the way. 

“If you can’t attend a public meeting, we still want to hear from you.”

He said people can share their visions, project ideas and stories about how flooding has affected them, online or on paper. 

Go to http://stormrecovery.ny.gov/nyrcr/community/town-jay-and-town-keene or jot some thoughts down and put them in the drop boxes at the Keene and Jay town halls.

Email Lohr McKinstry:lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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