Schumer: $150 Million For Gateway
Senator Charles Schumer announced $150 million for Gateway National Recreation Area for repairs after Sandy. This federal funding is being appropriated through the Department of Interior.
“Gateway National Recreation Area was ravaged by Superstorm Sandy and the park is in need of major repairs,” said Schumer, in a release from his office. “This federal funding comes just in time for the summer season. This money will help repair Jamaica Bay Beach facilities and replace the sea wall so that Rockaway can be protected in the event of a future storm.”
Critical infrastructure and facilities across Staten Island, Jamaica Bay and Sandy Hook were damaged including extensive damage to utility systems, park buildings, roads, piers, docks, waterfronts, parking lots and cultural resources.
More than $54 million in DOI funding will go towards the Rockaway section of Gateway National Recreation Area. Specifically $22.7 million will be used to repair and remove damaged seawalls and other coastal structures at Jamaica Bay, Staten Island and Sandy Hook. Additionally, $15.3 million will be used to replace the one-mile seawall and repair all Jacob Riis parking lots and shoreline structures; $2.6 million will be used to remove debris and repair storm damage to sections of Shore Road at Jamaica Bay; $1 million will be used to repair storm damage to West Pond Trail Breach in Jamaica Bay; $1.4 million will be used to repair storm damage at Riis Landing Main Coast Guard; $2.7 million will be used to remove wreckage and restore impacted wetland areas and coastlines; $9 million to repair storm damage at Jamaica Bay Beach facilities.
The Department of Interior released millions in Hurricane Sandy disaster relief appropriations for projects that will repair and rebuild Interior assets damaged by the storm