April 28, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More than $10 Million for Infrastructure Upgrades for Long Island

Funds for Army Corps of Engineers will Support Job Creation, Critical Infrastructure, Security Enhancements

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $10,350,000 for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to take on a broad range of civil works projects on Long Island.  The federal dollars will help support job creation, rebuild and strengthen critical infrastructure, and enhance security for Long Island. The investments are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which Senators Schumer and Gillibrand helped pass earlier this year.

"By investing our federal dollars in these kinds of programs, we not only ensure that Long Island's coastal infrastructure will be protected, but we also keep people working during these tough times," Schumer said. "Protecting NYS Route 25 and Route 48 are prime examples of what the stimulus can do for our economy and Americans in need of assistance."

"This is great news for Long Island," said Senator Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. "These federal dollars will go a way to upgrade and restore vital infrastructure across Long Island. This investment will create jobs across the region, support our Long Island fishing industry, and promote long-term economic growth. During these tough economic times, I will continue to work with Senator Schumer to ensure that New York receives its fair share of federal dollars."

The funding will support job creation and a broad range of civil works projects on Long Island, including operations and maintenance projects, construction projects and investigations for needed projects.

The following investments will go toward Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works projects on Long Island:

  • Shinnecock Inlet: $5,000,000 to restore full authorized channel dimensions to reduce the risks for deep-sea fishing trawlers, recreational boaters and the U.S. Coast Guard crews;
  • Sylvania Plant, Hicksvile: $4,500,000 to investigate necessary remediation projects;
  • Orient Harbor: $1,000,000 to construct an emergency steambank protection to protect New York State Route 25 - a major artery for Suffolk County;
  • Long Island Sound: $750,000 to construct an emergency steambank protection to protect Suffolk County Route 48.

The funding for these Long Island public works projects is part of a $4.6 billion investment for the Corps of Engineers to improve infrastructure and safety across America - an investment expected to create 57,400 construction jobs directly and an additional 64,000 indirect jobs to supply and support construction projects.

Senators Schumer and Gillibrand are strong supporters of President Obama's economic plan. The investment will help create or save more than 200,000 jobs in New York, while laying the foundation of future economic growth with critical investments in infrastructure, renewable energy, health care technology and education.