Union residents seeking buyouts, help

By Jillian Marshall

Union residents seeking buyouts, help

October 10, 2013 Updated Oct 11, 2013 at 12:04 AM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) More than 150 homeowners are eligible for FEMA buyouts in the town of Union. On Thursday night the town helped those affected by the September 2011 flood fill out buyout paperwork.

Dozens of people filled the second floor of the Town Office Building to get help with their buyout paperwork.

Town staff was on hand to help people fill out income verification and release-of-information forms.

"It's been an overwhelming experience for people and if you looked at the application you would see that there's several pages to read through, and it's always nice to have a helping hand," said Town of Union Supervisor Rose Sotak.

The town has had application help for the past few weeks, but Thursday was the first nighttime help for the event.

"It was a big relief just to have someone help out and be done with it. Hopefully this is it," said buyout applicant Diane Rome.

The completed applications will be sent to the State Emergency Management Office in Albany.

Sotak says the next step is to get the attorney general and state comptroller to sign the contract. Then it will be time to close on the houses and hand out checks.