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FEMA to Open Mobile Recovery Center in Mamaroneck

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- After weeks of requests from the Village of Mamaroneck, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will move its mobile disaster recovery center to Harbor Island from Oct. 6 to Oct. 8.

The recovery center will operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day to answer any questions and help residents impacted by Tropical Storm Irene file applications.

"They have to go through a very difficult process, and we want to make it more accessible for them," Richard Slingerland, village manager, said.

Slingerland said he attempted to get the mobile center stationed in Mamaroneck right after the storm, but it was sent to communities north of Westchester and west of the Hudson River severely damaged by the storm.

Monday afternoon, Slingerland was notified that FEMA and the New York State Office of Emergency Management would assign it to Mamaroneck.

"I thank FEMA for bringing its mobile center to Mamaroneck Village," said County Executive Robert Astorino in a press release. "The village was among those communities hardest hit by Hurricane Irene."

A disaster recovery center was opened in White Plains from Sept. 7 to Sept. 26, and a mobile center was opened in Mt. Kisco from Sept. 16 to Sept. 19.

Residents and businesses are eligible to apply for disaster aid because Westchester County has been declared a federal disaster area.

FEMA requests that applicants register by calling 1-800-621-3362 or going online before visiting the recovery center.

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