Call for shoreline projects to be funded

November 18, 2012 by  

In a move welcomed by residents of Flushing, as well as all the communities that sit near the Long Island shoreline, both of New York’s senators, Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, are requesting for as much as $1bn in federal money to support the reclamation and fortification of the coast between Montauk Point and Rockaway Beach.

Schumer and Gillibrand made their proposal public after meeting with local officials and the Army Corps of Engineers. Overall, it is expected that billions of dollars will eventually be spent to rebuild all the areas of New York City and Long Island ravaged by Hurricane Sandy.

According to the senators, several projects, such as constructing a new sea wall on Staten Island and building protective dunes along the seashores, are already on the Army Corps ‘to-do’ list, but financing was not forthcoming. At this point, provided Congress appropriates the money, the projects could immediately get underway. Schumer said:

“This is a ready road map for storm and flood protection for New York that we can implement in the very near future.”

The senators are not alone in their call for significant money to be put toward storm recovery and rebuilding efforts. Just a few days before, New York’s Governor Cuomo announced he was requesting $30bn in federal aid to offset storm clean-up costs. Aides to the two senators stated the call for the project money complements the governor’s request.

It remains to be seen how much federal money will finally make its way to the storm affected areas to rebuild infrastructure and housing, as well as support the regeneration of businesses as diverse as retail dress shops, restaurants, theaters, and printing companies.