Supervisor Bill Reilich recently co-hosted Grand View Beach Association’s lake level update meeting for over 200 attendees at Greece Community and Senior Center.
The meeting started with opening remarks by Greg Pien, GVBA president. GVBA member Dan Barletta then provided a lake level update. Attendees also heard updates and remarks by Assemblyman Peter Lawrence, R-134th District, and State Sen. Joe Robach, R-56th District.
Reilich gave updates on the flooding from the town level. He discussed the town’s installation of shut-off valves, piping and a new berm structure in flood risk areas. He opened up the floor for questions, and listened to concerns about the International Joint Commission and Plan 2014, new protection for waterfront residents and other flooding-related questions.
Reilich said an aqua dam will be available this year, if needed. He addressed questions from residents regarding their concerns and frustrations with Sheen Housing. Sheen Housing is contracted through the state, but the town is aware of residents’ issues with their representatives. Reilich reached out to Sheen Housing, New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other state representatives on behalf of waterfront residents who expressed their frustrations with the organization, and asked for more promptness and professionalism from the representatives.
Attendees learned about potential $31 million funds available to replenish the exhausted residential fund. The state has not made those funds available for residents yet. Those affected by flooding are encouraged to reach out to the governor and advocate for the funds.
“I was grateful for the opportunity to join Grand View Beach Association, Sen. Joe Robach and Assemblyman Peter Lawrence in providing updates to waterfront residents at the informational meeting,” Reilich said. “There was an open forum where residents were able to express their questions, concerns and frustrations with topics surrounding the flooding. We were able to address questions about Sheen Housing, funding, IJC Plan 2014, protection available for waterfront residents and much more. I am reaching out to both the governor and officials on every level to advocate for our waterfront residents. I ask you to please join me in contacting the governor. The more people who reach out, the more likely we are to be heard.”