City Council passes bill to provide financial assistance to homeowners for purchase and installation of backwater valves

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A bill sponsored by Councilman James Gennaro to provide financial assistance to qualified homeowners for the purchase and installation of backwater valves to mitigate flooding was unanimously passed by the City Council on Wednesday, Dec. 7. 

Gennaro is the bill’s first sponsor and Brooklyn Councilman Justin Brannan authored the bill. A total of 18 council members sponsored the legislation ahead of the slated meeting on Dec. 7. The legislation will provide much-needed relief to homeowners across the city, Gennaro said. 

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