The rising Lake Ontario water level is threatening homes, businesses, and properties located on the lake and its many bays and tributaries. I have heard from numerous people who are worried about possible damage. I was a strong opponent of the International Joint Commission’s Plan 2014 because of its policy to allow the lake to rise higher natural levels than what has been the norm since the St. Lawrence Seaway was built over 50 years ago. Over the past few days, I have been closely monitoring the rising water level on Lake Ontario. I have visited Sodus Point, Pultneyville, Fair Haven, Sterling Nature Center and the surrounding areas. I wanted to see firsthand how the water is affecting the residents and business owners who are worried about their property, as well as public lands and facilities. I have also been in close contact with Sodus Town Supervisor Steve LeRoy and Sodus Point Mayor Chris Tertinek, as well as other local officials. State Senator Pam Helming has joined me in efforts to address this issue. We have reached out to Governor Cuomo and we will continue to work together. I have also discussed the matter with U.S. Rep John Katko; he and I met in Sodus Point last week. I plan later today to conference with state legislators from across the region who represent the southern shore of Lake Ontario to discuss with them how we can best meet the challenges of rising lake levels. Rest assured this is a priority for me. I will continue to monitor the lake level.

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