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Businesses join together to donate to residents of Steuben County after FEMA denies aid for individuals

FEMA recently approved millions of dollars for counties impacted by the flooding over the summer, but denied the Individual Assistance request that would financially help homeowners that were hurt by the flooding.

In response, local businesses have raised $110,000 to help.

The state has appealed the decision made by FEMA to deny the financial aid that would go to homeowners.

The first donation came from Corning Enterprises President Chris Sharkey in the form of a $25,000 match, followed by several other local businesses that increased their amounts.

Even Wegmans donated $40,000.

Right now families in need are relying completely on donations, while infrastructure has been given aid.

Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand asked FEMA to reconsider after Governor Kathy Hochul announced the decision to appeal.