By Christine Sampson
U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin has thrown his support behind recovery efforts in Sag Harbor after the 12-alarm fire on December 16 that impacted what local officials have said are at least 50 Main Street businesses.
The Congressman issued a statement on January 12 backing the disaster declaration that has been requested of the U.S. Small Business Administration by New York State Senator Kenneth LaValle, New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. and Sag Harbor Village Mayor Sandra Schroeder.
“The economic damage to the community was devastating,” Rep. Zeldin said in a statement. “In this small community of just over 2,000 people, this sort of economic disruption has severe negative impacts.”
Because the SBA disaster declaration also requires action from New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, Rep. Zeldin urged the governor to “act expeditiously in making this formal request.”
“I have been in direct contact with SBA to ensure that this federal agency makes this request a priority once it is made by the governor,” Rep. Zeldin said. “Sag Harbor Village is a vibrant historical community that represents so much of what makes Long Island a great place to live, work and visit. A disaster declaration would provide residents and business owners with access to the necessary resources to ensure a speedy and full recovery from last month’s fire.”
According to Rep. Zeldin, the next step in the recovery process is for local officials and businesses to work with the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to determine how great the fire’s economic impact has been. Five or more businesses must “demonstrate sufficient uninsured losses” for the SBA disaster declaration to proceed toward approval.