Press Release

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $6 Million to Improve Fire Island National Park

Apr 22, 2009

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $6,354,000 to make critical improvements to Fire Island National Park. The funds will support job creation and provide critical improvements to the historic site, and 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 national treasures, such as Fire Island National Park, we create jobs and preserve the parks and historic sites that make New York such a wonderful place to visit,” said Schumer. “Injecting this funding into Fire Island will ensure a brighter, more beautiful park for generations to come, and, it will bring jobs to help boost the local economy on Long Island.”

“This is great news for Fire Island,” Senator Gillibrand said.  “As New Yorkers, we cherish our parks and historic sites.  These funds will go a long way in making the improvements our parks need, while supporting our economic recovery. I pledge to continue working with Senator Schumer and the entire New York Delegation to make sure New York gets its fair share of federal dollars.”

Fire Island National Park will receive $6,354,000 to repair a stretch of Failed Bulkhead at Sailors Haven Marina, replace Patchogue Bulkheads, complete the Ferry Terminal Building, as well as stabilize and repair the historic Fresnel Lens.

The funding for Fire Island National park is part of a $750 million investment in parks across the country to support job creation and help enhance the experience for visitors, while conserving our nation’s heritage and history for future generations.

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.
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