Poloncarz: No Agreement Yet on FEMA Dispute

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WASHINGTON, DC - A spokesman for Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says an arranged meeting between top county and FEMA officials went well but there is no agreement yet to end a funding dispute between Erie County and FEMA.

At issue is the $48 Million dollars which FEMA contends Erie County should repay the federal agency stemming from an audit of costs from the cleanup of the surprise October 2006 storm.

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer hosted the morning meeting in Washington so that Poloncarz could meet directly with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate to discuss the issue.

FEMA officials say an audit by the Department of Homeland Security determined that Erie County violated federal rules in its use of local contractors to handle debris removal following the ice and snow storm.

County officials say they were assured with advice by FEMA representatives that they were following proper procedures.

Erie County Policy Director Mark Cornell says Poloncarz was assured today that FEMA will take the next 30 days to fully review additional information provided by the county to FEMA to support county claims. But there was no specific resolution to the dispute.         

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