Greece supervisor: Governor says program will be refunded

ROCHESTER — Flooding victims along Lake Ontario call it an unexpected blow.

They thought they'd receive state flooding grants promised by Governor Andrew Cuomo. But on Wednesday, some learned the money's run out.

Cuomo came to the Rochester area last summer and promised homeowners $50,000 in state aid to repair any flooding damage. He promised if the program ran out of money, it would be restored. But that doesn't seems to be what's happening as homeowners hear back from the state.

"There's over 1,300 other people on the list, and they're not projecting that we're going to get money for months and months and months," said homeowner Beth Darling.

She and her husband applied back in September for state flooding relief. The Sheen Housing Foundation is the local organization administering the state aid. She's emailed them since September, but hadn't received any information about their application until Wednesday.

"We're like number 698," Darling said. "There aren't any funds right now being released."

This program has apparently run out of money despite a promise from the governor.

"We can't control Mother Nature, but we can make sure it's not economically devastating," Cuomo said in July 2017.

"It's been terrible," Darling said. "We lost our entire break wall. We've had to replace the entire seawall on the exterior, which is a $41,000 repair. We had $20,000 of expenses prior to that and that doesn't even include the sea wall."

Greece Supervisor Bill Reilich said that he spoke to the governor and was assured the program would be re-funded.

"It's very frustrating," Reilich said. "What I am doing is making a series of phone calls and not stopping. Every chance I get I'm going to advocate for those folks when they have 30, 40, 50, 100,000 dollars to their property. Some homes have been lost totally."

News 10NBC left messages with Sheen Housing Program and with New York State Homes and Community and is waiting to hear back.

Reilich said these repairs are critical, not only to make homeowners whole, but to shore up homes in case of more flooding this spring. The lake is already a foot higher than normal.