Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-NY, did not have much nice to say about the International Joint Commission following a land and boat tour Wednesday of Lake Ontario in Niagara County,

He called out the body, which regulates water levels of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River, for not doing a good enough job to avoid flooding in New York in recent years. He did however, say there is good news this year.

“We now have New York representation on the IJC which is something we’ve been asking for for a long time, and hopefully we get a better response from the IJC now that there’s a New Yorker,” Cuomo said.

That is not exactly correct. While three new United States commissioners have been nominated by the president’s office, including former Western New York Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, who would serve as the new chair, those nominees have yet to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

In fact, Wednesday, Rep. Chris Collins, R-NY-27, who recommended Corwin for the job, wrote to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, again asking them to expedite the confirmations. Collins said new commissioners need to address the controversial 2014 regulation plan, which many, the governor included, said has not worked.

“The water levels are increasing at a rate of ½ inch per day on average and this is putting shoreline property owners and businesses at risk,” Collins said. “As I have said before, we cannot wait until our community is impacted by another flooding to take action, especially when this situation could have been prevented.”

A spokesperson from Schumer’s office said the minority leader continues to support the nominations, but only McConnell has control over the confirmation schedule. She pointed out that there is IJC staff that handle the water levels day-to-day, so confirmation wouldn’t immediately change how things are managed this year.

The terms of all six commissioners have expired, Schumer’s office also pointed out, since there are no sitting Canadian members, there won’t immediately be a quorum for the commission to meet even if the three U.S. commissioners are appointed soon.

That is not particularly good news, with historically high lake levels already, and growing concern from communities there will be a repeat of the extreme flooding and erosion seen in 2017. The state said they’re taking preventive measures, separate the IJC, including assisting with pumping water and fortifying the shoreline.

Schumer also announced Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers issued a Declaration of Emergency Wednesday to ensure quick response.