Hurricane Irene en Schumer comments on wait for federal disaster declaration <p>While parts of central and northern New York continue to rebuild following last month's massive flooding, Sen. Charles Schumer says there may be a reason the region is still waiting for federal disaster aid approval.<br><br>Yesterday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he was not overly optimistic that Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, Funds will come through. Schumer said the amount of damage in the state is still being tallied.<br> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 21:55:19 +0000 Gino Geruntino 40884 at Cuomo will include disaster preparedness plans in State of the State <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he intends to propose in his State of the State message several recommendations from a disaster preparedness commission, to help the state better cope with major storms in the future. Fri, 04 Jan 2013 13:04:17 +0000 Karen DeWitt 31424 at