Today is the last day for victims of Tropical Storm Irene to ask for aid.  FEMA wants anyone whose homes were damaged by Irene or the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee to register for aid no later than today.  Already $149,437,000 has been distributed to residents of New York who suffered damage to their property.

Initially the registration deadline was set for an earlier date, but that registration period was extended after state officials requested more time for victims of the storms.  Many people were still assessing their damage and couldn't quite fathom how much damage they had really endured.  According FEMA spokesman, Peter Lembessis, "There were certain misconceptions."  Lembessis also said homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $30,000 from FEMA that doesn't have to be returned.  And have no worries, the aid will not effect your taxes or Social Security, either. 

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Anyone who feels they might be considered for aid, should go online or call (800)621-3362.  Information is kept confidential.  All "aid is to be used for home repairs, lodging while a home is being repaired or, for renters, personal property (Times Union)."  Residents of Albany, Columbia, Montgomer, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Ulster, Washington and Warren counties are eligible for aid if they were a victim during or after Irene.  Residents of Schenectady and Schoharie counties are eligible if they sustained damage after Lee.