Letter urges Gov. Cuomo to add Finger Lakes to priority list for harmful algal blooms
ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) -- New York State representatives are urging Governor Cuomo to add multiple Finger Lakes to a priority list the state considers vulnerable to harmful algal blooms, which threaten drinking water sources.
State Senator Tom O'Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano are pushing for the Governor's budget proposal to add Canandaigua, Keuka, and Seneca to the priority list of 12 lakes.
The Governor is proposing $65 million funding to establish action plans to combat those harmful algae blooms. O'Mara and Palmesano's letter says the budget proposal is "incomplete" and "falls short" of supporting Upstate lakes and tourism.
Over the past week, Cuomo has been announcing amendments to his original 2018-19 proposed state budget. He has until the end of this week to complete the annual 30-day budget amendment process.