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NYS allocates additional $3 million for flood relief: Ontario County among eligible communities

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New York Governor Kathy Hochul has dedicated an additional $3 million in emergency assistance to help homeowners in eight counties affected by recent floods and storm damage. This commitment comes on top of a previous $3 million pledged by the Governor to aid those hit by historic flooding.

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Residents of the specified counties—Clinton, Essex, Hamilton, Ontario, Dutchess, Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester—are eligible for the funds. The emergency grants will primarily focus on homeowners whose properties in these regions suffered significant damage.

Governor Hochul expressed her continued support for the affected residents, stating, “This additional funding aims to alleviate the hardship faced by New Yorkers hit by these floods, ensuring their return to everyday life.” The funds will cover essential repairs to homes, ensuring they’re safe and habitable. Eligible works include the repair or replacement of key systems like electrical, plumbing, and heating, as well as structural components like flooring, windows, and roofs.

New York State Homes and Community Renewal is overseeing the initiative, with several non-profits in each county administering the funds. Homeowners fitting the program’s criteria can secure grants up to $50,000, based on the scope of necessary repairs approved by local program authorities. To qualify, applicants must have incomes at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income and their primary residence in one of the eight designated counties.

Local officials, including Canandaigua Mayor Bob Palumbo and Town Supervisor Jared Simpson, expressed gratitude towards Governor Hochul and other state representatives for their dedication. Palumbo highlighted the relief these funds would bring to homeowners, alleviating concerns about repair costs. Simpson lauded the joint efforts of various government levels, ensuring support for those hardest hit.

State representatives, Senator Pam Helming and Assemblymember Jeff Gallahan, reiterated their commitment to supporting the affected communities and thanked Governor Hochul for her decisive action.