Governor Cuomo Hosts First Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative Conference and Announces Up to $300 Million in Funding Available for Communities Impacted by Lake Ontario Flooding

Posted to Applied Web NY on Mon, 06/10/2019 - 12:42

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today hosted the first meeting of community leaders and the Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative, or REDI, commission where he announced up to $300 million in funding available for communities impacted by Lake Ontario flooding. Local governments will match 15 percent for every dollar the state spends. The Governor, the commission and more than 250 state and local officials from communities along the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River shorelines gathered in Rochester to develop plans to reduce risk to infrastructure along the lake's waterfront while strengthening the region's local economies, which are heavily dependent on summer tourism. These areas have been devastated by flooding due to the lake's historic high-water levels twice, first in 2017 and again this year. In both cases, this flooding has caused widespread shoreline erosion, damaged coastline structures and jeopardized infrastructure. Additionally, the Governor deployed an additional 100 National Guard for sandbagging missions in the Lake Ontario communities.