Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz met with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate and Senator Charles Schumer to go over an audit which called for Erie County to pay back $48 million in federal disaster funding from the 2006 October Surprise Storm.
"The meeting was very productive and cordial," says Poloncarz, who contends the county was following FEMA's advice an obeying the law when it came to cleanup following the snowstorm that led to two feet of snowfall.
"(Fugate) was very attentive and knew a lot about the matter," says Poloncarz. "He talked to us about where FEMA stands at this point." Poloncarz notes FEMA has requested 30 days to respond to the audit conducted by Homeland Security Office of Inspector General. "It's significant to them because it's never been recommended a community pay back this much money back to FEMA."
Poloncarz says he's confident the county won't have to pay the money back.