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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

FOOSBALL WIZARD: North-Rose Wolcott student is an international competitor

For students it’s the quintessential question this time of year: What are you doing this summer? The answer is simple for 15-year-old Kevin Paul, who is just winding up his sophomore year at North Rose-Wolcott High School. He’ll be playing lots of foosball on his new table. Yes, foosball. Paul, you see, is just coming off his first international tournament... 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

Wayne County may snuff pharmacy tobacco sales

In the windows of some Rite Aid Pharmacy outlets, you’ll see “wellness images,” such as a woman eating an apple and another in meditation. But as you walk into the store, you’ll see a wall of cigarettes behind the checkout counter, notes Ryan Mulhern, public health educator for Wayne County. That, said Mulhern, conflicts with the image Rite Aid and... 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

Greece man charged with raping 14-year-old Sodus girl

A 35-year-old Greece man is accused of having sexual relations with a 14-year-old girl, according to State Police investigators in Wolcott. They charged Joseph R. Prisk, of Greece, after he allegedly met a 14-year-old Sodus girl on Facebook in 2016. He allegedly would pick up the minor, bring her to his residence, and have sexual relations with the girl before... 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

Cuomo demands more water be released from Lake Ontario, but regulators decline

At the same time Gov. Andrew Cuomo was demanding Monday that more water be released from Lake Ontario, regulators were deciding that it could not be done. It was like ships passing in the night. He also was critical of the International Joint Commission, a U.S.-Canada treaty organization that oversees lake-level regulation, and an IJC board that implements those regulations.... more

Collins calls for dismantling Plan 2014 to bring relief for homeowners, businesses

U.S. Republican Congressman Chris Collins is now calling for the plan some are blaming for a rising Lake Ontario to be dismantled. Collins visited homeowners, businesses and Hamlin leaders on Sandy Harbor Drive on Tuesday, discussing Plan 2014, a plan that regulates how much water is released from the lake. “The disaster is upon us,” he said. “There’s no easy... more

RELIEF IS COMING: Cuomo promises $7M in funds for homeowners along Lake Ontario

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $7 million in state funding to assist homeowners that have been impacted by flooding along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. The new investment program will provide up to $40,000 for homeowners to support interior and exterior repairs to structural damage caused by flooding, as well as the repair or replacement of permanent fixtures.... more

More legislation proposed to relieve those along Lake Ontario

Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,I,Ref–Pulaski) and Assemblyman Bob Oaks (R,C–Macedon) announced today that they have introduced legislation that if enacted, would provide tax relief for property owners along the Lake Ontario shoreline and tributaries who are dealing with record-high flooding. The Lake Ontario and Connected Waterways Assessment Relief Act would enable municipalities to reduce assessments for property and business owners who... more
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