Democrat Abdelazim raises concerns about potential flood insurance rate increases

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Democratic Mayoral Candidate Tarik Abdelazim is sounding the alarm on potential flood insurance hikes looming around the corner.

Abdelazim held a news conference today to call out Mayor Rich David for not taking the necessary steps to prevent potential flood insurance increases for City homeowners.

The Democrat says new FEMA maps were drawn in 2010 that indicate flood impact areas as if a levee or flood wall does not exist in the area.

He says municipalities must consult engineers, per D-E-C requirements, to certify that a levee or flood wall is structurally sound, before it can be incorporated into the new map.

Abdelazim says the new flood maps could be phased in over the next few years, and he says an estimated 2,000 additional properties would be added to the 100-year flood plain, resulting in homeowners having to buy flood insurance.

"In Broome County and the City of Binghamton, for over four years, not one nickel has been budgeted to plan and prepare for the biggest threat to the safety of our neighborhoods. It's reckless, inexcusable, and irresponsible," said Abdelazim.

Deputy Mayor Jared Kraham responded with the following statement, "From day one, Rich David has invested millions in increasing capacity at pump stations, restoring crumbling stormwater infrastructure and securing millions more in flood hazard buyout grants."

Additionally, Kraham says David and a bipartisan coalition of Broome County officials, Jason Garnar and town elected leaders, are working with FEMA on a plan for future flood zone maps.

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