Cayuga County lawmakers were talking about the state’s flood relief efforts at Tuesday’s legislature meeting. District 1 legislator Tucker Whitman was critical of the provision in the act that allows for a reassessment of damaged properties, calling it a classic example of the state riding in on its horse to save the day at the expense of local municipalities.
Legislature Chair Keith Batman said on Wednesday’s Finger Lakes Morning News there’s some validity to his claim.
The county and local governments have 30 days to decide how they’ll proceed with the reassessments.
Other lawmakers asked if the flood relief measure extends to the southern end of the county. Batman doubts that will happen.
Batman and other county and local officials will join Sen. James Seward and Assemblyman Gary Finch on Thursday afternoon as they tour the flood damaged areas of southern Cayuga County. They will then hold a public forum scheduled for 2:00pm at the Moravia Justice Center.