BY LUIS GRONDA
Millions of dollars from New York State will go towards making Queens’ coastal areas more resilient from storms such as Superstorm Sandy in the future.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last week that federal funding has been approved for a resiliency project on 150 acres along Jamaica Bay and Spring Creek that will protect the homes and businesses in that area from flooding. Fifty million dollars will be dedicated to the project.
According to a press release from Cuomo’s office, out of that money, $3 million will be used towards engineering and design work and the rest will be used for the project.
“Like several other communities located by water, Howard Beach suffered incredible damage from storm surges during Superstorm Sandy,” Cuomo said. “To strengthen Howard Beach against future flooding and storms, we are moving forward on a major project that improves the natural infrastructure along Spring Creek and the Jamaica Bay coast in Queens, with the approval of federal funding.”
Cuomo asked the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation to develop a plan for the Jamaica Bay and Howard Beach areas to protect them from future storms. The project will include establishing barriers to reduce storm damage.
Two of the area’s elected representatives, State Sen. Joe Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park), released statements praising the announcement.
“This is another step in the right direction and I will not stop until every community has the resources they need to build back stronger and all our families are safe and secure back in their own homes,” Goldfeder said.
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