KEENE — Keene firefighters are featured in a new television spot that celebrates renewal after flood.
A first public-service announcement for the New York Rising Community Reconstruction project began airing over the weekend. It includes Keene Volunteer Fire Department members in their turnout gear and a fire truck backing into the new Keene Fire Station.
The old firehouse was so badly battered by Tropical Storm Irene that it had to be replaced, which happened as well to the Upper Jay Volunteer Fire Department station.
The towns of Keene and Jay are among 102 communities around the state involved in New York Rising’s strategic planning process to draw from state funds for repairs and flood-mitigation projects connected to hurricanes Irene, Lee and/or Sandy.
The two Adirondack communities will share $6 million in restoration monies through the reconstruction program established by Gov. Andrew Cuomo with the slogan: “Building Back Better.”
Though Irene and Lee had been downgraded to tropical storms by the time they swept into the North Country, they left millions of dollars of destruction in their wakes.
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Keene Town Supervisor Bill Ferebee was at the capitol in Albany on Monday, working with other Essex County leaders on a statewide emergency response plan.
He was aware of his town’s cameo appearance in the New York Rising ad.
“I think it shows a lot of folks from other areas the effects and damage from Tropical Storm Irene and what we’ve done in two years to repair it here,” Ferebee said.
“This new New York Rising project is helping many storm-damaged communities to rebuild. It is an opportunity for everyone in the state and elsewhere to see that.”
Josh Karan, a location manager based in New York City, was part of the production team that created the community-service announcement.