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The Times
  • Herkimer Co. hires public relations firm regarding flood issues

  • It wasn’t until after a unanimous vote was taken Wednesday that the chairman of the Herkimer County Legislature explained why the county hired a public relations firm.

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  • It wasn’t until after a unanimous vote was taken Wednesday that the chairman of the Herkimer County Legislature explained why the county hired a public relations firm.
    The resolution authorized the Paige Marketing Communications Group to provide public information and crisis communication services related to the severe flooding in the area at a cost of $11,000.
    The agreement runs up to Wednesday, July 31.
    The cost will be paid with contingency money.
    Legislature Chairman Vincent Bono, R-Schuyler, later explained the Paige Group can provide more localized services compared to the state liaison that’s been provided to the county.
    “Communications was one of the biggest issues that we had when the towns and villages met,” he said. “How are we going to get this information out?”
    Bono said he knew an employee at the Paige Group, and he asked for their services.
    Other municipalities also can use the service.
    In other flooding news:
    State and local officials met at the Herkimer County Community College Wednesday to discuss short- and long-term solutions when it comes to area tributaries flooding. One particular issue that was brought up was what Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance will actually cover.
    Jerome Howard, commissioner of state Homeland Security and Emergency Services, said he couldn’t speak for what FEMA would cover, but assured an “aggressive” attack on the issue.
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