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Town of Union receives buyout approval

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Town of Union receives buyout approval
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BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. -- The Town of Union has gotten final approval for a buyout program for homes damaged during Tropical Storm Lee. All 176 properties submitted for buyouts were accepted.

FEMA will fund 75 percent of the project, estimated to cost nearly $17.5 million. The remaining portion will be paid through a combination of grants and property owner money.

The next step will be putting out bids for the appraisal process which will determine how much money each homeowner receives.

"We will be awarding those bids February 6th at the Town of Union board meeting and the appraisal process will start. We expect with the process to be doing the closings of the properties in the May time frame," said Union Town Supervisor Rose Sotak.

The town says there is no need for residents to visit or call the Town Hall with any questions at this time.

There will be three informational meetings for residents in the affected areas. The first will be for those in Westover and will be held January 28th. Endwell and West Corners residents will meet January 30th and those affected in Fairmont Park will gather January 31st. Each meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Union Town Hall on Main Street.

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