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Rain, then wind battering the lake shore once again

3 hours ago
Alex Crichton

The worst may be yet to come for residents living along Lake Ontario and the ponds in Greece.

That's from Town Supervisor Bill Reilich, who says because of the high lake levels, now at 249 feet, even light winds from the northeast can cause problems for lakeshore residents.

"The lake is extremely high right now, so even now a ten mile an hour wind can do as much damage as we saw with a 30 mile an hour wind a few weeks ago just because of the high lake levels," he said.

The Greece Town Board on Wednesday passed a resolution to ask Monroe County to explore possible legal action regarding the high levels in Lake Ontario.

Property owners in Greece are among those along the lakeshore who have been hit by flooding in recent weeks, and the resolution passed by the town board makes reference to changes brought about by Plan 2014. That’s a plan that changes the way water levels are regulated on Lake Ontario.

Governor Cuomo says many people who are heading to their camps or summer homes near Lake Ontario this Memorial Day Weekend will discover for the first time just how much damage has been done due to flooding.

Speaking in Oswego County, Cuomo announced the Department of Environmental Conservation will operate during weekend hours starting this Memorial Day Weekend, and lasting all summer long.

He says many of the parcels along Lake Ontario are summer or weekend homes.

Wanted: Community Police Recruiters

May 24, 2017

The Rochester Police Department is challenging its residents to become "community recruiters," as the department looks for young men and women to serve as police officers.

Police Chief Mike Ciminelli and Deputy Chief Wayne Harris outlined the idea this morning at the Public Safety Building downtown.

Ciminelli says one thing that came through loud and clear during the RPD's 90-Day Community Engagement project is that people want to have a role in shaping the city's police department.

Water levels on Lake Ontario may be peaking, but for lakefront homeowners, the worst is far from over.

However, there were developments Monday involving some help from the state.

Governor Cuomo's office announced he's making $10 million available to help flood victims.

These funds from New York State Homes and Community Renewal agency are expected to help towns along the lake to build back infrastructure like roads, sidewalks, and sewers.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he's directed state law enforcement officials to step up security and patrols at high-profile locations across the state after an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in northern England.

The Democratic governor says the state is increasing security at airports, bridges, tunnels and mass transit systems.

At least 22 people were killed and dozens of others were injured late Monday in the blast at Manchester Arena.

Summer of uncertainty for some U of R students

May 22, 2017

The University of Rochester is offering help for some international students who are staying here because they are concerned they may not be able to return to the U.S.  if they go home for the summer.

President Trump has sought to enact a travel ban from several Muslim-majority countries, and his directives are currently blocked by the courts.

Mustapha Ibrahim is from Somalia, one of the countries on Trump's list.

He just completed his freshman year at the U of R.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Lawmakers in New York are debating whether to add electronic cigarettes to the state's ban on smoking in public areas like workplaces, bars and restaurants.

The state Assembly already has endorsed the idea.

Supporters say it makes sense to add e-cigarettes to the indoor smoking ban to protect non-smokers from second-hand exposure to the chemicals in the devices. They also say it would send a message discouraging teens from taking up the habit.

www.wnyc.org / Rebeca Ibarra / WNYC

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on President Donald Trump for federal help at Penn Station, saying the "impact of the state of disrepair" is at "a tipping point."

Cuomo put out a letter to Trump on Sunday. He wants the federal government to help figure out and fund transportation alternatives while repair work is undertaken after a spate of problems including two derailments. He also reiterated a call he has made before, that a private operator should take over operations at Penn Station from Amtrak.

Veronica Volk/Great Lakes Today / WXXI News

NYS Senate Republicans have announced the introduction of a bill creating a new Great Lakes Flood Recovery Grant Program to help those impacted by the lake flooding this Spring.

The measure makes $55 million in grants available to property owners, businesses, farms, not-for-profit corporations, municipalities, and counties affected by high water levels in Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Champlain, and the St. Lawrence River.