ROCHESTER, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he will seek federal disaster assistance for communities along Lake Ontario affected by recent floods.

The Democrat traveled to the area on Thursday to highlight $55 million in state assistance recently approved by state lawmakers.

Under that program, homeowners and small business owners can request help for damages they suffered during the floods, which began with heavy spring rains.

Cuomo says it’s only logical that the state seek assistance from the federal government too.

Many upstate officials and lakefront property owners blame the flooding on the International Joint Commission, the U.S.-Canadian panel that controls the outflow of water from Lake Ontario. The commission says heavy rain was to blame.