- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 12, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says more than two dozen upstate counties are eligible for federal aid to cover costs from a late-winter storm that dumped more than 3 feet of snow on parts of the region.

Republican President Donald Trump on Wednesday approved the federal disaster declaration for 28 upstate counties impacted by the March 14-15 blizzard.

Cuomo says state and local governments had more than $31 million in snow removal costs and infrastructure damage from a storm that dumped 18 to 41 inches in an area stretching from the Adirondacks to the Mid-Hudson Valley and from the Albany area to the western Mohawk Valley.

A major disaster declaration enables counties to seek assistance from the federal government to recover storm costs.

The storm was blamed for at least three deaths.

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