BROOKLYN - Gov. David Paterson is asking the administration to issue a major disaster declaration and provide federal funding to cover debris removal and other costs for the tornadoes that ripped through Brooklyn.

In September, two tornadoes tore through Brooklyn and Queens ripping up trees, knocking down power lines and scattering debris. The state is asking for FEMA assistance to cover cleanup, repairs and disaster housing for hundreds of residents affected by the storms.

Officials from FEMA have already toured the region but have yet to determine whether the organization will provide funding for disaster relief.