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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

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

Sodus Point postpones annual 4th of July celebration and fireworks

As the woes from high water levels continue for Sodus Point, the village board decided this week that they’re going to postpone the popular fireworks display for this year’s Fourth of July celebration. The fireworks, along with the Sunshine Auto Parade, will be held on September 2. Mayor Chris Tertinek told the Times of Wayne County on Thursday that they... 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

Sheriff: Patrol boat ‘complete loss’ after fire in Sodus Point

Investigators believe the fire started as maintenance was being performed on a boat. The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office lost a boat in a fire at Krenzer Marine on Grieg St. in Sodus Point on Friday. It was determined that Theodore Koren, 68, of Drums, Pennsylvania was performing fuel system maintenance at his boat when it caught fire. The fire quickly... more
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