2014-04-18 / Community

BC Unveils New York Rising Plans

The Broad Channel Planning Committee will be holding their fourth and final public engagement session for the NY Rising Program this coming week.

The special presentation will be the first item on the agenda at the Broad Channel Civic Association meeting on Thursday, April 24.

All are invited to the open meeting which will take place at the American Legion Post 1401 at 209 Cross Bay Boulevard. The meeting will start at 7:00 p.m.

At this meeting the Broad Channel committee will unveil the projects that they are recommending for funding.

As a New York State overview states the NY Rising program “enables communities to identify resilient and innovative reconstruction projects and other needed actions based on communitydriven plans that consider current damage, future threats and the community’s economic opportunities.”

Further “communities successfully completing a recovery plan will be eligible to receive funds to support the implementation of (those) projects …”

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the Program has been working with communities like Broad Channel to rebuild and become more resilient through innovative community-driven plans.

Broad Channel has been in the process of completing a recovery plan in order to be eligible to receive funds to put the projects and activities identified in the plan into action.

New York State has earmarked $60 million to $70 million for the initiative which is designed to help 102 severely damaged communities to develop comprehensive and innovative rebuilding plans.

A set amount of that total has been set aside for each area. Grant applications for new infrastructure and other mitigation improvements will be awarded once each community’s plan is complete and submitted for the state’s review and approval.

The Thursday evening will unveil the finalized plans and offer one more opportunity for community input.

Please visit www.stormrecovery.ny.- gov/ for more information about the NY Rising Program.

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