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Ortt to meet with flood victims in Olcott


NEWFANE – State Sen. Rob Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, will speak with more residents affected by the flooding on Lake Ontario at 10:15 a.m. Friday at  Town of Newfane Mobile Command site at the Olcott Fire Company. He will be joined by Niagara County Undersheriff Michael Filicetti and Niagara County Dir. of Emergency Services Jonathan Schultz.

Ortt's office says the senator has "been in constant communication with his constituents throughout Niagara, Orleans, and Monroe counties. He's been listening to their concerns, offering help and visiting their properties to assess infrastructure damage and shoreline erosion. Senator Ortt has also assisted his constituents with the DEC emergency permit process, and has been working with local and federal leaders to find a long-term solution to helping shoreline property owners."

Additionally, the Senate passed legislation on Tuesday that would make emergency funding immediately available for communities along Lake Ontario affected by flooding. The measure would waive the 120-day waiting period to accelerate the availability of funds through the $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act adopted in this year's state budget.