State Senator Joseph Griffo will be taking part in Governor Cuomo's New York Rising Storm Recovery Conference in Albany on Thursday.

The conference is expected to include local officials and planners from major storm damaged communities over the past few years.

Federal HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan will also join the conference.

Griffo says now is an opportune time for the state to re-write a natural disaster response policy in light of how recent federal policy decisions will affect recovery and rebuilding.

FEMA has told the state communities affected by the recent flooding will not be eligible for the Individual Assistance program.