YOUNGSTOWN, N.Y. — Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Western New York on Wednesday to make an announcement regarding the Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative (REDI).

The Western New York Region will receive $49 million in REDI grants to help with damage caused by Lake Ontario flooding. 

"So we're going to anticipate future flooding and we're going to build for it," Cuomo said. "The good news is, a lot of the work we're talking about was work that needed to be done anyway, or should have been done anyway, This is a modernization of the waterfront, and it's a modernization of the waterfront all along Lake Ontario. "

The state launched the REDI Commission in May.

Representatives with the state met with communities impacted by flooding. The goal is to determine what needs to be done to strengthen the infrastructure in those areas, and eventually rebuild and redesign waterfronts. 

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