For freshman state Sen. Pam Helming, the most valuable moments of her first year in office weren't spent in Albany. It was the time she spent with constituents in her six-county Finger Lakes district.
Helming, R-Canandaigua, had her share of achievements in 2017. She singled out passage of a $45 million aid package for communities affected by flooding along Lake Ontario as her top legislative accomplishment. The bill, which was signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, provides $15 million for homeowners, $15 million for businesses and $15 million for municipalities to make infrastructure repairs.
While the grant process remains open for businesses and municipalities, applications for the homeowner aid were due in September.