Here is a link for the Lake Ontario Home Owner Recovery Assitance Program Fact Sheet
Sheen Housing, 585-657-4114
Lake Ontario Flood Assistance Hotline: 866-244-3839
Army Corps of Engineers 716-879-4104
Hamlin Building Inspector, Cheryl Pacelli 964-8181
Congressman Chris Collins
The Congressman is asking anyone affected by Lake Ontario water levels to send his office estimates of damage.
The estimates can be sent to:
Senior Legislative Assistant
Representative Chris Collins
New York - 27
1117 Longworth HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Contact Information for the Affordable Home Ownership Development Program
2016-2017 Lake Ontario Flooding
Governor Cuomo's $7 million dollars in State Funding for Homeowners
It has been announced that Sheen Housing, 585-657-4114 will oversee the program. Home owners will file claims with them. They will assess the claim, determine if it is eligible, inspect and certify. Reimbursement is for work already completed.
Another Helpful Number - Lake Ontario Flood Assistance Hotline: 866-244-3839
Eric Peters - Supervisor
Steve Basse - Highway Superintendent
Margaret A. McGrath Charitable Foundation Awards
$55,000 in Scholarships to 17 Local Students
The Margaret A. McGrath Charitable Foundation announced the awarding of 17 scholarships totaling $55,000 to local students for the 2017-2018 academic school year.
The Foundation offers two types of scholarships to residents of the Towns of Sweden and Hamlin. The Philip and Margaret Dollard Business Scholarship is awarded to those majoring in business and the Marie Dollard McGrath Elementary Education Scholarship is awarded to those majoring in elementary education.
This year’s recipients of the Philip and Margaret Dollard Business Scholarship are:
Isabella Ekeze (Sweden) – SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology
Jacob Lewis (Sweden) – University of Buffalo
Zachary Sodoma (Sweden) – SUNY Brockport
Christopher Sodoma (Sweden) - St. John Fisher College
Jacob Vinch (Hamlin) – St. John Fisher College
Joseph McNulty (Hamlin)- Roberts Wesleyan College
Sarah Heyden (Hamlin) – SUNY Brockport
Anthony Polizzi (Hamlin) – Case Western Reserve University
Brett Mickey (Sweden) – Niagara University
Cody Travis (Hamlin)- St. Bonaventure University
The recipients of the Marie Dollard McGrath Elementary Education Scholarship are:
Lindsay Grugnale (Hamlin) – Keuka College
Julianne McElhenny (Sweden) – Monroe Community College
Juliana Schwab (Hamlin) - SUNY Brockport
Alexandra Bradshaw (Hamlin) – Niagara University
Taylor Kingsbury (Hamlin) – St. John Fisher College
Brooke Hare (Hamlin) – SUNY Brockport
Solera Sherry (Hamlin)—Buffalo State College
Margaret A. McGrath established the Foundation in 2004 under her will to provide scholarships to residents of the Towns of Sweden and Hamlin who have chosen to pursue a degree in either business or elementary education. The Foundation has awarded $616,000.00 in scholarships since its formation.
Qualifying 2018 graduating high school seniors and current college students should submit applications for the 2018 – 2019 academic year by March 1, 2018. For further information, contact Richard J. Dollard, Executive Director and Trustee at 585-637-7170.
Web site www.frontiernet.net/~mcgrathfound Submitted: June 5, 2017
"Department of Environmental Conservation experts are also available at the Mobile Command Centers to help answer questions on the Storm Recovery General Permit, describe the specific types of repair and stabilization work authorized, and provide assistance in completing the application form. In certain instances, based on the available information provided by applicants, DEC will provide permits on-site or expedite further review and field visits necessary to issue permits. To obtain the required authorization under this General Permit, residents should come prepared by reading the General Permit and Application Instructions; determine whether or not the proposed work is within the scope of the General Permit; fill out the Application for General Permit GP-0-17-006 and provide drawings, plans, photos (if available) and a location map."
The Army Corps of Engineers is aiding in design if you would like help. 716-879-4104
Eric G. Peters - Supervisor
Steve Basse - Highyway Superintendent
New York State, the Office of Emergency Management and the New York State Guard are supplying us with a limited number of filled sandbags. The Town of Hamlin will not discriminate, however we are asking that these sandbags are distributed to people who are elderly and/or people that are physically challenged. Residents that are not able to fill and place their own bags. We are asking for help to locate these people and to care for them.
In conjunction with this, we are asking for volunteer groups and neighbors wanting to help. Please contact us. The Town will keep a list of those that need help placing bags and we will get those names and locations to the volunteers.
We are just starting this and details change frequently. There will be a limit to the number of sandbags per residence. Contact the Highway Dept. at 964-2640 for scheduling and if you have further questions. Thank you for your cooperation and help. Working together makes us stronger as a community.
There has been refinement and continued expediting of the permit process for erosion prevention and remediation. If you are in a position to have this type of work done to protect your residence, please contact Cheryl Pacelli our Building Inspector at 964-8181 for the most up to date information and permiting assistance.
As the high water continues, help each other to endure what is before us. We emplore each beachfront community to band together and strenghten your efforts.
Eric Peters - Town Supervisor
Steve Baase - Highway Superintendent
We are still delivering empty bags and bulk sand to those Hamlin Residents that call and request them. Please call the Hamlin Highway Department at 964-2640 to request sandbags.
The Town is continuing to provide what we can to the residents of the shoreline. I am working closely with Steve Baase, the Highway Superintendent to provide bags and sand. Please use them to protect around the foundation of your house, they will do very little to protect the shoreline itself. The Town has been in contact with the DEC numerous times to provide relief from the onerous, lengthy permit process to place anything to break the water and prevent erosion. They have agreed to provide expedited permits for residents taking emergency measures to protect their property. There is still a process that needs to be followed but work can start almost immediately. Please contact our Building Inspector, Cheryl Pacelli at 964-8181 and she can walk you through the process. We are continuing to press to make the process even faster.
Assemblyman Steve Hawley has recently written a letter to Governor Cuomo requesting that he declare a State of Emergency along the Shoreline to provide resources and possible financial relief to municipalities, homeowners and businesses. We have not heard of any response from the Governor.
Congressman Chris Collins is continuing his efforts in Washington to have President Trump withdraw from the 2014 plan and to replace the three members of the IJC from the U.S.
As we progress though the spring it is our hope that the situation will stabilize at the very least. Unfortunately I don't believe that to be the case in the short term. If you decide to leave your house for a while, please take a moment to shut off the power at your panel box and shut off any gas to the house.
The Town will do the best we can to keep everyone updated as new developments present themselves.
Eric Peters, Supervisor
Steve Baase Highway Superintendent
I am publishing this to let everyone along the lake and areas affected by the lake our displeasure with the decision of the IJC to go ahead with their Plan 2014. All through the process the Town Board and I have been opposed to this. We have passed a resolution of opposition to 2014 and forwarded it to any party remotely involved. I contacted our representatives individually to voice our opposition. We will continue to express our feelings to any and all officials involved with the Plan and the level of the lake. This situation is just plain unacceptable and must be reversed. I am in contact with Leaders from other lakefront communities to present a unified voice of opposition.
The level of support that we are going to receive is very fluid at the moment. There are sandbags available at the Highway Garage. A program was announced yesterday to have convicts available to fill bags. We are working to acquire that service. I would encourage everyone to keep records to the extent possible. Foremost, the cost of damages. We don't know if there will be any reimbursement in the future so keep track. Photos of before and after are also important.
As time progresses and information is made available we will do our best to get it to everyone.
Eric Peters, Supervisor
Located in Monroe County, and home to Hamlin Beach State Park, Hamlin is convenient to many area attractions via the scenic Lake Ontario State Parkway and nearby historic Ridge Road. Hamlin features a friendly, country atmosphere, convenience to Rochester, and is a short drive to many area attractions.