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Gov. Cuomo suggests special session for flood relief

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a special legislative session may be needed this fall to increase assistance for those affected by floods along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. The Democrat wrote to lawmakers in the affected region on Tuesday. He noted that while officials approved $45 million for flood relief, more help will likely be needed. He... more

Updated Owasco Lake harmful algal bloom reports show anatoxin

The Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program has added a new column to its harmful algal bloom page — anatoxin levels. The relatively new toxin for Owasco Lake’s algae blooms is still showing up at fluctuating concentrations. The usual toxic culprit seen in Owasco Lake harmful algae is called microcystin. A kind of liver toxin, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has... more

IJC to scale back outflows temporarily

The International Lake Ontario – St. Lawrence River Board will temporarily reduce the outflow from Lake Ontario. The IJC said Monday it will happen between October 7 and October 8 to assist with end-of-season boat outhauls on Lake St. Lawrence. The impact of Lake Ontario is supposed to be less than a centimeter and will be offset by a return... more

Deadline for lakeshore homeowners to apply for state help looming

Lake Ontario – once rising – is now receding. But homeowners looking to get help from the state don’t have much time to get their claim on file. Some homeowners have already received help from the state. As this deadline looms, others say there’s one main reason they haven’t. Contractor Walter Morey’s work for a client on Edgemere Drive is... more

Helming urges residents, businesses to apply for flood aid

State Sen. Pam Helming, R-54 of Canandaigua, is reminding residents who plan to apply for grant funding through the Lake Ontario Flood Recovery Program that the application deadline is quickly approaching. Homeowners must submit their applications by Friday, Sept. 29, while small business owners, farmers, nonprofit corporations, homeowners associations and municipalities have until Sunday, Dec. 31, to send in their... more

5 mph speed limit on Lake Ontario, St. Lawrence River extended to Oct. 2

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order placing a 5 mile-per-hour boating speed limit on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River has been extended through Monday, Oct. 2, the governor’s office announced on Friday. Under the order, all vessels operating within 600 feet of shore must limit their speed to 5 mph to help reduce impacts to shoreline residents and infrastructure... more

Cuomo: ‘Senseless’ to reduce Lake Ontario outflows

Gov. Andrew Cuomo criticized a joint U.S.-Canada board for reducing Lake Ontario outflows as high water levels continue to affect communities along the lake and St. Lawrence River. The International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board announced Tuesday that outflows will decrease from 367,300 to 349,970 cubic feet per second. The board first mentioned the decrease in an update that was... more

Cayuga County Legislature holds special meeting on Lake Ontario flood relief

The Cayuga County Legislature will gather for a special meeting Wednesday night to discuss a proposed local law that would allow those affected from the Lake Ontario flooding to obtain some potential tax assessment relief. Lawmakers were critical of the law at their July meeting. Part of the state’s newly passed “Lake Ontario and Connected Waterways Assessment Relief Act,” local... more

Fair Haven mayor: Lake Ontario levels down, but ‘a ways to go’

Sandbagging operations have ceased. Water levels are dropping, albeit slowly. That’s progress for the village of Fair Haven, which has been dealing with flooding since the spring. Heavy rainfall raised Lake Ontario to record levels and impacted several communities along the body of water. Fair Haven Mayor Jim Basile estimated that lake levels have dropped eight inches since the flooding... more

Cayuga County legislators critical of state’s reassessment relief for Lake Ontario flooding

Cayuga County Legislator Tucker Whitman called Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s latest act to help flooding victims affected by storms from April 1 to July 1 “a classic state riding in on their horse to save the day at the expense of local municipalities.” Whitman, who represents the towns of Sterling and Victory in District 1 where a great deal of flooding... more

Cuomo asks for FEMA assistance for Lake Ontario flooding

Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked the federal government to declare a disaster area for home and business owners along the Lake Ontario shoreline that have been hit by flooding in recent months. In a letter dated July 6 but not made public until Saturday, Cuomo wrote, "I am requesting an expedited major disaster declaration" from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for... more

Local officials press for shoreline disaster declaration – and more aid

In hopes of freeing up more government aid, local officials are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to seek a federal disaster declaration for the flood-afflicted Lake Ontario shoreline. Monroe County Cheryl Dinolfo sent a letter to Cuomo Friday asking him to seek a disaster declaration from President Donald Trump. Her letter echoes one sent on Thursday by local officials from Greece,... more

Gov. Cuomo signs $45M relief legislation for residents along Lake Ontario

Financial relief is finally on the way for residents along Lake Ontario. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation to provide a total of $45 million in relief to communities impacted by the historic Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River flooding. The legislation expands eligibility and funding for programs previously announced by Governor Cuomo and will provide vital assistance to homeowners, small... more

Lake Ontario flooding: Your Plan 2014 questions answered

Are lake-level regulators responsible for the record-high water on Lake Ontario this year, or is nature to blame? Is newly implemented Plan 2014 a guidebook to rational lake-level management, or is it the devil’s handiwork? These are topics of intense interest to many people in the Rochester region — especially those on the shoreline who are now in their fourth... more

Businesses continue to suffer from high water levels on Lake Ontario

As many of you already know, small businesses along Lake Ontario have taken a big hit. Flooding has really hurt their bottom line. In Sodus Point, a hot spot is seeing fewer faces this year even with the decent stretch of weather. Kelly Grey, owner of Hots Point in Sodus Bay, says the Fourth of July weekend is usually one... more

Gov. Cuomo enforcing ‘No Wake Zone’ along Lake Ontario

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is deploying more resources to help the flood-ravaged Lake Ontario shoreline. The governor announced Sunday he is sending out more than 20 boats and 42 officers from several state agencies to enforce the no wake zone. Anyone heading out should be reminded that the speed limit is 5 miles per hour within 600 feet of shore. Anyone... more

State OKs $45M in flood aid: Residents, businesses, governments eligible, Helming says

A somewhat scaled-back flood aid package for shoreline owners and businesses and governments has been approved in the state Legislature and has Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s blessings. State Sen. Pam Helming, R-54, Canandaigua, announced this past week passage of her legislation creating a new flood recovery grant program in response to historic flooding across the southern shore of Lake Ontario, which... more
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