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Flooding won’t dampen Fair Haven’s Fourth of July celebration

Flooding is still a problem in northern Cayuga County, but it won’t prevent the village of Fair Haven from celebrating America’s independence. Fair Haven’s Fourth of July events will be held this weekend and early next week. The celebration is organized by the Save Our Fourth Association. The theme for this year’s slate of Fourth of July events: “The American... more

Facts and fiction about Lake Ontario’s Plan 2014

From the time the first big waves started slamming the Lake Ontario shoreline in March, south shore residents have been shouting the same refrain across the water: The lake is too damned high, and it’s the International Joint Commission’s damned fault, or at the very least it’s somebody’s fault. It’s difficult to find someone who lives along the Lake Ontario... more

Sen. Pam Helming hopeful Cuomo won’t veto $90M flood relief bill

It received unanimous support in the state Legislature, but it appears legislation to establish a $90 million flood recovery program for communities along Lake Ontario and others that have been affected by severe weather will be vetoed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo and representatives from his administration addressed the bill Thursday during a media availability in Albany. He said they... more

Why the $90 million Lake Ontario flood relief bill may be about to sink

A $90 million flood relief bill for residents, businesses and municipalities along Lake Ontario has hit a big snag. The bill passed both the Senate and Assembly unanimously, but don’t expect it to be signed into law – at least, not in its current form.   The governor’s office tells CNYCentral the bill, as it is now, is “unworkable.” The... more

Gov. Cuomo blames IJC ‘blunders’ for Lake Ontario flooding; IJC responds

In the midst of criticism from several lakeshore communities and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the international committee that oversees water levels in Lake Ontario is defending its decision making over the last several months. Governor Cuomo has become a vocal critic of the International Joint Commission and a controversial set of regulations known as Plan 2014; in May he... more

State Senate, Assembly approve more Lake Ontario flood relief funds

Lawmakers approved legislation Monday that would provide $90 million aid for homeowners, businesses and local communities impacted by flooding on the Lake Ontario shoreline and area waterways. The “Great Lake Flood Recovery and Mitigation Relief Act,” cosponsored by Sen. Patty Richie (R-Oswegatchie) and Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne (D-Theresa) passed both legislative chambers Monday and provides grants up to $100,000 for... more

Relief money coming? Legislators working flooding package

Two Rochester-area state legislators have reached an agreement on a $90 million flood recovery package that would help communities affected by rising water levels, particularly those along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle and state Sen. Pam Helming announced the deal Monday. They have introduced legislation in their respective houses to establish the program.... more

Newly relocated Cayuga County Fair approaches

This summer, the Cayuga County Fair will be held in a new location: The Ward W. O’Hara Agricultural & Country Living Museum and Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. Educational Center at Emerson Park in Owasco. Fair hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 8, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 9. The Citizen: Read More more

Portable ‘sea walls’ being deployed along Lake Ontario in Sodus Point (video)

Governor Andrew Cuomo was critical of the IJC board, who has ‘allowed’ Lake Ontario to reach levels of emergency flooding. While speaking in Greece on Tuesday, he announced a series of ‘assists’ that the state will getting to those living along Lake Ontario, who have been adversely impacted by Lake Ontario flooding. It’ll start with up to $40,000 for homeowners... more

Police: Fair Haven man beat, imprisoned woman

A 52-year-old Fair Haven man is facing multiple charges, including two felonies, after a domestic incident where he allegedly imprisoned a woman. New York State Police said they responded to a 911 hang-up call Monday night, and as troopers approached the Fair Haven apartment, they heard a woman calling for help. Police arrested Christopher W. Johnson for allegedly keeping the... more

THE DEBRIEF: Seneca Falls Lawsuit, Geneva Foundry, Lake Ontario & “Lu-Lu” checks (podcast)

On Thursday night’s edition of the Debrief Podcast Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso discussed a variety of topics including a new Article 78 petition filed in Seneca Falls, the ongoing debate around the Geneva Foundry, as well as “Lu-Lu” checks distributed to certain members of Senate, and New York’s response to the flooding along Lake Ontario. Watch the entire podcast... more

Sen. Helming: Funding on the way for residents along Lake Ontario

Sen. Pam Helming (R,C,I – Canandaigua) announced that the $7 million in state funding promised by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in late-May is now available to assist homeowners impacted by flooding along Lake Ontario. It will grant homeowners with up to $40,000 to support interior and exterior repairs to structural damage and repair or replacement of permanent fixtures. “It has been... more

Lake Ontario management plan up for review and feedback

The Lake Ontario Lakewide Action and Management Plan is under review, and the public is encouraged to provide feedback on its latest update. The plan was created under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, a partnership between Canada and the United States, which creates management plans for each of the five Great Lakes every five years on a rotating basis,... more

OPINION: Lake Ontario Floodwaters

Thee high water level of Lake Ontario has reached historic proportions, causing significant shoreline erosion and property damage to homes and businesses that will tally into the millions. I grew up in Sea Breeze and spent my summers as a kid hanging out with my friends on Durand Eastman beach and fishing in the lake and Irondequoit Bay. In later... more

Michigan angler tops Spring Lake Ontario Counties Derby

The big news in the local media lately has been the high water levels on Lake Ontario that were hampering access to the lake. Some marinas were shut down. Others adapted to the rising levels. However, if you were fishing in the Lake Ontario Counties Spring Trout and Salmon Derby May 5-14, the big news was many of the world-class... more

Drone footage of devastating Lake Ontario shoreline erosion (video)

The rising Lake Ontario water levels have the waves crashing on the shoreline of northern Monroe, Wayne and Cayuga Counties, eroding the lakefront and threatening homes, docks and cottages. John Kucko of WROC posted some impressive drone footage on Tuesday that you can view below… Record high Lake Ontario has risen over beach area at Chimney Bluffs SP in Wolcott,... more

How Fair Haven residents can report structural damage due to flooding

Fair Haven Mayor Jim Basile is asking business owners and residents to report structural damage due to flooding. The village has been impacted by rising Lake Ontario water levels. The ensuing floods have closed boat launches and parks. Businesses and homes have been affected. The Citizen: Read More more

Cuomo to visit Sodus Point Thursday as Lake Ontario shoreline erodes (full coverage)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is coming to Sodus Point on Thursday. After more than 17 inches of water rise on Lake Ontario, a number of counties had a State of Emergency declared, clearing the way for state and federal response. The Governor formed a rapid response team to address any flooding issues that may come up in the next several weeks... more
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