Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is going fishing in Lake Ontario today, and he's taking a visiting governor with him.
Cuomo's office announced that Cuomo will make an announcement at a noon appearance in Wilson-Tuscarora State Park in the Town of Wilson, and before that, he will be fishing in the lake with Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont.
It's Cuomo's second visit to Niagara County in six days. Last Wednesday, he spoke in Niagara Falls to award the city a $10 million grant from the state's Downtown Revitalization Initiative.
Wilson Supervisor Doyle H. Phillips said the topic may be related to Lake Ontario tourism.
Cuomo has made a concerted effort to promote the lake as an active tourist destination after this year's high water produced spring floods and erosion on the lake for the second time in three years. Cuomo also appointed a Regional Economic Development Initiative commission to come up with suggestions for hardening the lakeshore to try to prevent future floods.
The state has committed $300 million to the flood recovery effort, including $20 million earmarked for homeowners whose property was damaged.
The Hartford Courant reported Monday that Lamont would be fishing with Cuomo on Lake Ontario, but he did not specify the destination.
"The two Democrats are getting away from the scorching heat and humidity to talk privately on key issues on a small boat on Lake Ontario, said Max Reiss, Lamont’s chief spokesman," the Courant reported.
The visit comes as the National Weather Service has posted a flood watch for Lake Ontario for Wednesday evening through Thursday afternoon, fearing that "a prolonged period of moderate to strong northwest winds" could produce flooding in Niagara, Orleans and Monroe counties.
However, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration station at Olcott this morning showed the lake level at 15 inches below what is usually regarded as flood stage at that Niagara County hamlet.
The lake has been falling slowly since June 13, when the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence Board started record-high outflows of nearly 2.75 million gallons per second past the dam at Massena. Those outflows have continued at that rate for a record 68 days.