April 28, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $11 Million for Infrastructure Upgrades for New York City

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 $10,753,000 for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to take on a broad range of civil works projects throughout New York City.  The federal dollars will help support job creation, rebuild and strengthen critical infrastructure, and enhance security for New York City. 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 the absolute infrastructure New York City, but we also keep people working during these tough times," Senator Schumer said. "The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers civil works projects in New York are prime examples of what the stimulus can do for our economy and Americans in need of assistance."

"This is great news for New York City," said Senator Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. "These federal dollars will go a way to upgrade and restore infrastructure across New York City. This will create jobs across the region 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 for New York City, 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 for New York City:

New York Harbor

  • $3,873,000 to restore significant coastal salt marsh habitat within Jamaica Bay, Gateway National Recreation Area, and also to fully fund navigation deepening construction projects;
  • $1,540,000 to remove all remaining asbestos insulation in the Caven Point Marine Terminal buildings;
  • $2,000,000 to restore the Sandy Hook Navigation Channel to full authorized dimensions for U.S. Navy warships, ocean-going tankers and container ships using the channel to reduce the risk of accident;
  • $500,000 for sonar systems to improve searches for navigation obstructions in the high-traffic channel;
  • $330,000 to replace the perimeter security fence at the Caven Point Marine Terminal;
  • $100,000 to replace timber pilings supporting vessel docking piers to improve safety for workers and ensure continued survey and maintenance work;
  • $100,000 to upgrade cranes' load-sensing safety equipment on workboats -- improving worker safety and vessel reliability;
  • $60,000 to replace an electric power generator to improve vessel safety and reliability - ensuring continued channel surveys.

Additionally, $1,300,000 will be used to construct emergency steambank protection measures to protect the New York State Bronx River Parkway, as well as $400,000 to investigate necessary public works projects for Jamaica Bay and $550,000 for the South Shore of Staten Island.

The funding for these New York City 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.