Governor Wants Extra $35M To Help Lake & River Flood VictimsPosted: Updated:
Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling for a special session of the state Legislature to get more money for victims of flooding along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.
Lawmakers already passed a $45 million financial assistance package for eligible homeowners, businesses, and local governments in July.
The state increased the maximum award for affected homeowners from $40,000 to $50,000. Small businesses and farms are also eligible to receive up to $50,000 under this program. Local governments are eligible to receive up to $1 million for repairs and up to $500,000 for mitigation projects.
However, Cuomo says it looks like more money is needed.
In a letter to members of the Senate and Assembly, Cuomo is asking them to appropriate an additional $35 million during a special session.
"I initially suggested that I would propose to increase the program's funding to meet the needs in next year's budget. I've heard from many concerned applicants that they do not want to incur the delay and uncertainty associated with passing next year's budget by April 1," the governor wrote.
"Many applicants have argued that they simply cannot wait seven months for funding," he continued. "I find their arguments persuasive. The flooding has devastated many families and businesses and has affected the overall economy of the region. I believe the State should fulfill its commitment to these applicants in a timely manner."