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For Immediate Release:                                                                                                                                               
August 31, 2011                                                                                                                                                            
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Secretary of State Joins Local Officials on Tour of Rye in the Wake of Hurricane Irene
Secretary will receive briefing on initial building damage from volunteer code officials

ALBANY – Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales will be in Rye, New York today, Wednesday, August 31, 2011 to tour dwellings damaged by Hurricane Irene and to receive a briefing from code enforcement officials who are assisting the city in assessing the damage to residential and commercial buildings. The Secretary will be joined by the Mayor of the City of Rye Doug French, State Assemblyman George Latimer, Westchester County Legislator Judy Meyers, Steve Otis—chief of staff to State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer, City Manager Scott Pickup and City Engineer George Mottarella.

The Secretary will depart for the tour at 6:00 p.m. at the Rye City Hall at 1051 Boston Post Road to tour affected buildings. The code enforcement officials were deputized as Assistants to the Secretary of State in anticipation of Irene and in response to the Governor’s Executive Order declaring a State Disaster Emergency. The officials have been trained by the Department of State and stand at the ready to evaluate buildings for habitability and qualification for financial assistance from state and federal disaster agencies. In total, 45 volunteer code enforcement officials have been deputized to assist communities across the state in their recovery from Hurricane Irene.

After touring affected areas, Secretary Perales will return to City Hall at 7:00 p.m. to meet with the volunteer code enforcement officials for a debrief of their findings and to thank them for their extraordinary efforts.

WHO: Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales
Local Elected Officials
Volunteer Code Enforcement Officials

WHAT: Tour of damaged dwellings in Rye and debrief with volunteer local code enforcement officials


Wednesday, August 31, 2011
6:00 p.m. Tour of affected dwellings
7:00 p.m. Debrief with code officials at City Hall


 Rye City Hall 1051 Boston Post Road Rye, NY

Both the tour and the briefing event are open to the media.