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For Release: Friday, November 8, 2019

Wayne County REDI Planning Committee Tours $490,000 Sodus Point Beach Project Site

Ten Priority Projects Identified by Local Communities Awarded $41 Million to Strengthen Shoreline Protections and Increase Resiliency Across Wayne County

New York State Housing and Community Renewal (NYSHCR) Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas and Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 8 Director Paul D'Amato today toured the Sodus Point Beach Park project site, one of 10 Wayne County projects receiving an estimated $41 million in state funding through Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative (REDI). The site tour followed a Wayne County REDI Planning Committee meeting.

NYSHCR Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said, "Governor Cuomo has been the champion these shoreline communities need at a time we need one the most. He has demonstrated a long-term and sustained commitment. The Governor's boots have been on the ground in some of the hardest hit areas before, during, and after the flooding and he's delivered real results."

DEC Regional Director Paul D'Amato said, "Governor Cuomo saw right away that the state needed to step in and lead to help Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River shoreline communities build back after high water in 2017, and again in 2019. The Governor also recognized that we needed to build back smarter and more sustainably. By partnering with state agencies, and working with partners like village of Sodus Point Mayor Dave McDowell, we are helping build this community back better and smarter."

The Sodus Point Beach project site tour included Mayor Dave McDowell and other members of the Wayne County REDI Planning Committee. As part of the state's ongoing response to record flooding that hit the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River shoreline communities this past summer, Governor Cuomo created the REDI commission, a multi-agency team tasked with studying sustainable solutions to strengthen infrastructure and mitigate impacts from future flooding along Lake Ontario's waterfront, while bolstering the region's local economies.

In addition to the $490,000 for Sodus Point Beach project, highlights of projects receiving funding include:

  • $14.6 million long-term restoration project at Crescent Beach in the town of Huron.
  • $12.2 million to reconstruct shoreline and stabilize the bluff along Blind Sodus Bay in the town of Wolcott.
  • $3.3 million for the Port Bay project in the towns of Wolcott and Huron.
  • $7.4 million to address flooding on Wickham Boulevard and Greig Street in Sodus Point.
  • $400,000 to protect the Ontario main wastewater treatment plant in Ontario.
  • $260,000 to protect the town of Williamson's water intake system.
  • $590,000 to stabilize shoreline and address erosion as part of the White Birch Campground Wastewater Infrastructure project in Sodus Point.
  • $342,000 to restore and improve shoreline along Lakestones Drive in Sodus Point.
  • $1.8 million to repair and restore shoreline for the Ontario Drive Stormwater Outlets project in the town of Ontario.

Wayne County REDI project profiles are available on the New York State website..

Through REDI, the State has committed up to $300 million to rebuild the shoreline, as well as improve resiliency in flood-prone regions along Lake Ontario. The REDI Commission allocated $20 million for homeowner assistance, $30 million to improve the resiliency of businesses, and $15 million toward a regional dredging effort that will benefit each of the eight counties. The remaining balance, $235 million, has been allocated toward local and regional projects that advance and exemplify the REDI mission.

The REDI Commission will hold an implementation conference in Albany on November 20. The conference will provide REDI funding recipients with information about project implementation, including permitting and environmental reviews, as well as an opportunity to meet with relevant state agencies to ensure REDI projects are implemented as soon as possible.

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