Having just recently toured communities along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, I know how serious the flooding situation is—and how important it is that those seeking help from the rising waters receive it. That’s why I’m writing to you with several important updates.
This week, the Senate OK’d a bill I cosponsor that would speed up the availability of emergency funding for water infrastructure and help communities in regions of our state impacted by the recent severe flooding. You can read more about the bill—which passed the Senate unanimously, and now heads to the Assembly—by clicking the below photo.
In addition, I wanted to let you know about a couple important resources available to those facing flooding:
Residents affected by flooding who are in need of help are encouraged to contact the state’s Flood Assistance Hotline at 1-866-244-383.The Hotline provides callers with the latest flooding forecast, as well as information on how to obtain sandbags; and
In addition, property owners are encouraged to contact the DEC for help in obtaining storm recovery permits available for shore protection and other actions that need to be taken to safeguard infrastructure and property from rising waters.
Lastly, with Memorial Day approaching it’s important to remember that despite the high water, many shoreline businesses are still open—and need your support.
I will continue to keep a close eye on this situation as it develops, and invite those who are experiencing flooding to share their concerns with me here or by calling (315) 782-3418.
Dulles State Office Building,
317 Washington Street, Suite 418,
St. Lawrence Office:,
330 Ford Street,
Ogdensburg, NY 13669,
46 East Bridge Street,