From the Morning Memo:

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich posted Tuesday evening on Facebook, the U.S. commissioners of the International Joint Commission are calling for a meeting to propose the suspension of Plan 2014.

Politicians, including Reilich and the governor, have regularly criticized the plan, which regulates outflows for Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, because they said it contributed to flooding along the Upstate New York lakeshore in 2017 and this year.

“On behalf of the residents of the Town of Greece I am sending our support to this effort by U.S. Chair Jane Corwin and her colleagues. I am cautiously optimistic that we may see some progress,” Reilich said.

The supervisor said he confirmed the information with Corwin and Rep. Chris Collins, R-NY-27. Earlier in the day, Collins criticized the new Canadian chair, Pierre Béland, for saying the IJC would never knowingly approve a plan that would cause damage to a specific community.

He sent a letter to Béland saying as much earlier this week. The congressman urged him to join with other commissioners to reinstate the previous plan from 1958.

“Since day one we knew our shorelines would face devastation if this plan took effect, which is why I actively spoke out against Plan 2014 before it was signed into law,“ Collins said. “Since its implementation, the Lake Ontario shoreline community has experienced severe flooding which has led to a negative impact on the local economy and a decrease in property values.”

Earlier this week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo also threatened the state would sue the IJC if it did not take corrective actions and reimburse the state for the money it has spent on flood mitigation.