Kirsten Gillibrand United States Senator for New York

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Gillibrand Announces Nearly $1.5 Million for Port of Rochester

Gillibrand Pushed For Funds, Which Will Support Recreational Boating, Economic Development

March 14, 2011

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,450,000 in federal funding for boating infrastructure projects in Rochester. These federal dollars will be used to add 64 transient slips with dockside utilities, create a deep-draft safe harbor, create an access point for the city of Rochester, and provide boater services and education on Lake Ontario. The funding is allocated through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program.

“This is a great investment for Rochester,” Senator Gillibrand said. “These federal dollars will have an enormous impact on the city’s waterfront and boating infrastructure. The BIG project will make Rochester more enjoyable and accessible for families and recreational boaters, as well as bring in much needed jobs and economic development.”

“These federal funds are a timely boost to our Port of Rochester Marina Project,” said R. Carlos Carballada, Acting Mayor, Rochester. “We are extremely grateful to Senator Gillibrand for supporting our efforts to further develop Rochester’s waterfront to create family-oriented recreational resources, enhance economic development, and to protect the environmental, historic and cultural resources of the area.”

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s BIG program is funded through the Sport Fishing and Boat Trust Fund. The program provides federal dollars to construct, renovate, and maintain boats used by transient boats, as well as produce and distribute materials about the BIG program and recreational boating.