More Flood Victims Are Eligible For State AidPosted: Updated:
The state has made additional $45 million available to shoreline residents and communities affected by flooding.
The new batch of money will help out more residents who are both year-round and seasonal.
"It will reimburse homeowners up to $50,000 for damage to their homes. Small businesses, up to 100 employees, up to $50,000," said Governor Andrew Cuomo.
More people can also get the relief. For the first time, seasonal households making under $275,000 a year are eligible, as well as all permanent residents regardless of income.
"And if there are people that are unserved, I'm sure that there will be more resources that will come," said Gary Beasley, Neighbors of Watertown CEO .
The state's mobile command centers are assisting with insurance claims.
Neighbors of Watertown is helping Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Oswego county homeowners, who could get about $4 million in flood relief.
"We want to get people back in their homes as a priority over just fixing shoreline, but we we will try and get the money out to everybody," said Beasley.
Governor Cuomo also called on President Trump Thursday to replace American members of the International Joint Commission, which regulates water levels on the St. Lawrence Seaway.
"The President appoints three people to the IJC. I'd love one to be a New Yorker. But certainly they should know the Great Lakes," said Cuomo.
The mobile command center will be at the Dobisky Center in Ogdensburg and the Chaumont Fire Department 12 more times this month.
Neighbors of Watertown is also planning more public sessions of its own.