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State Senate passes aid bill for Lake Ontario property owners

The State Senate passed a bill Monday that would create a $55 million fund to be tapped by Lake Ontario property owners whose land or structures have been damaged by flooding or erosion this spring.

Sen. Robert G. Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, said the grant program would offer state grants of up to $15,500 to homeowners and up to $50,000 to small businesses or farms. Not-for-profit organizations could receive to $100,000 to repair damage.

The package also would include $20 million for local governments to pay for infrastructure repairs, with a $1 million limit for any particular community. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's office announced the availability of $10 million in state funds for local infrastructure flood repairs on Monday.

The bill, which has been sent to an Assembly committee, also offers affected counties up to $500,000 each for flood mitigation or control projects.

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