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Schumer calls on Army Corps to repair Sodus Bay barriers

Resort communities like Sodus Point are supposed to be havens for people to escape the stresses of life, Sen. Chuck Schumer said while standing in front of the bay channel Friday afternoon. “People come here for relaxation,” said Schumer at Wayne County’s Sodus Point Park, where the nearby beach has been eroded considerably by the record-high waters of Lake Ontario.... more

Crumbling breakwalls add to waterfront woes in Sodus Point

Sen. Charles Schumer wants the Army Corps of Engineers to make fixing the breakwall seperating Lake Ontario and Sodus Bay a priority. He’s also demanding the Army Corps to use sand from planned bay dredging to fill in the washout at Crescent Beach by next summer. “They have the dollars to do this, they have to move up the priority,” said... 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

Laying low near Sodus Bay (photo)

I happen to come upon this American Bittern at Sodus Bay during the holiday weekend. It is a solitary bird, and although common in much of its range, usually keeps itself well-hidden and is difficult to observe. It typically hunts by walking stealthily in shallow water and among the vegetation (as seen here in this image), stalking its prey, but... 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

Sodus Point celebrates 4th of July despite flooding

The village of Sodus Point is not having its usual 4th of July celebration, but neighbors are celebrating the holiday nonetheless. The Sodus Point lighthouse museum held its independence extravaganza on Sunday. The celebration included a race, a pancake breakfast and a concert from Gap Mangione. Because of the recent flooding, Sodus Point will not hold its parade and fireworks... 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

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
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