$90 Million In Upstate Flood Relief Proposed

Jun 20, 2017

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Two state lawmakers say that they are introducing bipartisan legislation to provide some financial relief for people living along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River seaway. 

Credit Veronica Volk / Great Lakes Today

State Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle of Irondequoit, a Democrat, and State Senator Pam Helming of Canandaigua, a Republican, say they have reached agreement on a $90 million dollar package to help with flood recovery.

It would include $15 million for residential property owners, $25 million for small businesses, farms and some other categories, and $25 million for municipalities.

The legislation also provides funding for flood control projects and some money for people in Monroe County who had property damaged in a windstorm.

The lawmakers say this bill is modeled after grant programs implemented in the wake of various storms such as Sandy, Irene and Lee.

Record-high water levels on Lake Ontario and the Seaway have contributed to damage along the shoreline in recent weeks.

Governor Cuomo has been to the region on a few occasions recently announcing relief packages for homeowners and municipalities.