Few things can bring Democrats and Republicans in New York together these days like the International Joint Commission and Plan 2014.

The plan which regulates outflows for Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River has been a frequent target for politicians across the state – Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-NY, and state Senator Rob Ortt, R-North Tonawanda. chief among them.

Ortt, considered a rising star within the party and a potential congressional candidate, regularly criticizes Cuomo about myriad of policy positions but Lake Ontario is not one of them. In fact, when it comes to the IJC , they are working together, with the governor even tossing a little credit the Republican’s way.

“I called up Senator Ortt a couple of weeks ago and I said, ‘Senator Ortt, I think we should look at the legal liability of the IJC because I think there may be a potential legal case here. Okay, it didn’t happen that way. Senator Ortt called me and said I think there may be, but Senator Ortt is right,” Cuomo said during a press conference Monday in Rochester.

This weekend the governor wrote a letter to the commission demanding immediate action in correcting its water management protocols to avoid flooding along the state’s Lake Ontario shoreline, reimbursement to New York for the mitigation costs its already incurred, and make additional funds available for resiliency projects and other protective measures “made necessary by the IJC’s acts and omissions.”

He said, historically, it’s part of the commission’s responsibility.

“Not only were they supposed to balance, they were responsible for the mitigation of the water and potential damage,” Cuomo said.

Late last month, Ortt asked Attorney General Tish James to file a lawsuit against the federal government to recover money the state has spent. Cuomo threatened that legal action against the IJC, whose American commissioners are appointed by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

“I don’t like to do that. People say, ‘Oh, you’re harsh to the poor IJC.’ I don’t think I’m harsh to the poor IJC. I think the IJC is harsh to the people in New York state who’ve been suffering along the shoreline of Lake Ontario,” Cuomo said. “That’s what I call harsh, saying to people who just went through a flood in 2017, ‘Whoops, we’re going to do it again two years later.’ That, I think, is harsh. Not being financially responsible for the damage that they do, that, I think, is harsh.”

Monday, Ortt said it was actually the governor who reached out to him following the letter he wrote to James. Either way, he said he is pleased they are on the same page.

“I am glad Gov. Cuomo has heeded my call to hold the IJC and Plan 2014 responsible for the flooding that is occurring for the second time in 3 years. While we do not often agree, we agree that New Yorkers alone cannot nor should not, bear the cost of the IJCs disastrous Plan 2014,” Ortt said.

He said he looks forward to Cuomo continuing to join him in the push to modify Plan 2014 and thanked him for his commitment to assist residents impacted by flooding.