Oaks: Albany Comes Together To Deliver For Lake Ontario Flood-Impacted Property Owners

June 20, 2017

Assemblyman Bob Oaks (R-C Macedon) helped pass bipartisan legislation this week that would provide $90 million in emergency funding to assist homeowners, businesses and municipalities affected by the flooding of Lake Ontario, its bays, inlets, and connected waterways.

“This is an example of how Albany can come together to do what is needed for our constituents, and I am very proud to have worked closely with the bill’s main sponsors, Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle and Senator Pam Helming, to help deliver these important funds that not only will help the communities impacted by flooding, but also homeowners and businesses as well,” said Oaks.

The legislation will provide assistance for damage sustained from the flooding, and not covered by insurance to:

  • Small businesses, farms and multiple dwellings for repairs to structures and equipment and other storm-related costs; and
  • Individual residences for restoration of structures and equipment.

In addition the measure provides:

  • Grants to counties, cities, towns and villages for damage to drinking water systems, storm water and sewer systems;
  • Grants to counties for flood mitigation to prevent future flood damage; and
  • Options for municipalities to adjust assessments based on losses and damages to real property from the flooding.

“Providing this relief has been my top priority. Once this assistance is available, I will do all that I can to assure a streamlined process so that those impacted can receive help as soon as possible.”

“Furthermore, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the local officials, road and utility crews, volunteer firefighters and members of the National Guard who have tirelessly worked around the clock to protect the lives and property along the lake’s south shore. We all owe them a debt of gratitude,” said Oaks.