Howard Beach School To Get Funding

A Howard Beach school damaged by last year’s Superstorm Sandy will get almost $2 million for repairs.

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) and U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand collectively announced about $1.86 million will be given to the School Construction Authority from federal funding for repairs at PS 207 in Howard Beach for damages during last year’s storm.

Howard Beach suffered severe damage during Superstorm Sandy.

Howard Beach suffered severe damage during Superstorm Sandy.

The money given to the City agency will cover about 90 percent of the costs related to emergency repairs performed at the school. It sustained about $2 million dollars in damages overall, most of it occurring in the school’s basement. About a foot of water flowed in and flooded the basement.

Because of the flood waters, an oil tank spilled about 3,000 gallons of oil in the basement. It also damaged two boilers as well as electrical panels and the fire alarm system.

“This new funding will enormously help PS 207 in Howard Beach rebuild and ensure our children receive the quality education they deserve,” Goldfeder said. “It’s been over a year since Sandy tore apart our schools in southern Queens and while we have all made significant progress, there is still work to be done.”

Schumer also praised giving money back to the Howard Beach school.

“This infusion of federal money is helping PS 207 Rockwood Park put the damaging effects of Hurricane Sandy in the rear-view mirror and enabling the school to get back to educating New York City’s children without crushing back-bills,” Schumer said.