Sen. Schumer backing Lake Ontario neighbors, ‘find a plan that works for us’

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FAIR HAVEN, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – The International Joint Commission, or IJC, is facing new pressure about their management of Lake Ontario’s water level from Sen. Chuck Schumer (D).

On Monday, the Senate Minority Leader toured a business in Fair Haven and called for the international body to “tear-up” its Plan 2014, which many have blamed for the flooding in 2017 and this year.

“Something with it is very wrong and you can’t sit back and say we can’t do anything,” said Schumer.

Critical of the IJC, he and many neighbors fear history could repeat itself history a third time if a new plan is not implemented by the fall.

Sen. Schumer said he is seeking $12 million for an Army Corps of Engineers study that could lead to long-term changes for Lake Ontario’s shoreline.

“It would show where to build seas walls, where to build piers and we wouldn’t have to rely on the IJC because there would be real protection,” said Schumer.

Schumer added he is confident a disaster declaration will be declared for the Lake Ontario shoreline, which would allow neighbors to apply for financial assistance through FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration or S.B.A.

Fair Haven’s battered break wall and west barrier will also be getting temporary repairs, according to Fair Haven Mayor Jim Basile. He expects the Army Corp of Engineers’ to complete work on the protective features in July or August. 

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