New York Assembly passes bill to provide $90 million in relief funds for flood victims

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO While barrels are being used to weight down docks along flooding Lake Ontario, the Coast Guard has requested the barrels be marked with a red "X".

NIAGARA COUNTY, N.Y. (WIVB) – The New York State Assembly has passed a bill to provide over $90 million in relief funds for property owners, businesses, and municipalities affected by Lake Ontario flooding.

The bill establishes the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence Seaway Flood Recovery and International Joint Commission Plan 2014 mitigation grant program, and will also assist those affected by flooding from the St. Lawrence River, Seneca Lake, Seneca River, Oswego River, Oneida River, Oneida Lake, and Cross Lake.

The bill will provide tax assessment relief for flood victims in eligible counties over a period of ten years.

Michael Norris (R-144) said that the state of emergency in Niagara County and other districts affected by flooding has gone on too long.

“I am hopeful that the measure will be signed into law so that we can provide over $90 million in much-needed relief to property owners, businesses and municipalities,” Norris said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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