Westchester businesses, government seek federal aid for blackout aftermath

Last week's blackout has businesses and local governments wondering who will foot the bill.

Local businesses and governments are making an appeal to receive federal assistance to help pay for the food that had to be thrown out and for overtime costs.

The owner of the Fair Deal Deli in White Plains says his freezer is still bare and estimates that his total loss is about $15,000. He says he only expects to get about $4,000 from his insurance and wonders who will pay the rest of the bill. And in the case of local governments, overtime costs for police and fire departments put their budgets over.

Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Harrison) wants to see low-interest loans made available through the small business administration. And both Lowey and Governor George Pataki (R-NY) say the president should make an emergency declaration so federal funds can be released to help cover costs.

In the hopes that aid comes through, businesses and government officials are encouraged to tally up their costs incurred during the blackout.

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