Gov. Cuomo: Lake Ontario water levels the ‘new normal’

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(WSYR-TV) — As the water of Lake Ontario reaches record highs, Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling rising tides the new normal. 

After spending more than $100 million to fix up the south shoreline of Lake Ontario in 2017, Gov. Cuomo says the state won’t spend that kind of money for those kinds of repairs again.

“Rather than spending $100 million to rebuild and repair, I would rather spend more money once and invest in a better facility that won’t be damaged and actually generates more revenue,” Gov. Cuomo said on a conference call.

The Governor wants to pour in millions of dollars to rebuild, shore up, and pull more profit from communities along Lake Ontario. The commission will tour areas hit hard by flooding on the lake, including those impacted by severe flooding in 2017. 

Cuomo intends to have the new infrastructure in place to handle future flooding.

“With this new normal, yeah you can either spend money every couple of years and appear shocked at the emergency or come to the recognition that it is not an emergency, it is the new normal,” Cuomo said. 

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