April 22, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $11 Million to Improve Statue of Liberty, Governors Island

Funds Support Job Creation, Improve National Parks Throughout New York City

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $10,828,250 to make critical improvements to the Statue of Liberty and Governor's Island, as well as National Parks throughout New York City. The funds will support job creation and provide critical improvements to the historic sites, 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 these national treasures, 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 our city's parks will ensure a brighter, more beautiful city for generations to come, and, it will bring jobs to help boost the local economy in New York City."

"This is great news for New York City," 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 City gets its fair share of federal dollars."

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will receive $2,526,000 to install power and communications lines for the perimeter security area. Governors Island will receive $5,588,000 to help stabilize Castle Williams and help with the abatement of hazardous materials in the area.

In addition, the following investments were also included to improve New York City's National Parks:

  • Hamilton Range: $2,352,000 to complete the rehabilitation of the park;
  • Gateway: $362,000 to install photovoltaic equipment at five Sandy Hook Beach Centers; and
  • General Grant: $250,000 to complete the rehabilitation of General Grant's tomb and overlook.

The funding for New York City's National Parks 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.