Governor Cuomo and Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand today announced that $30.8 million in state and federal funding has been secured to implement significant flood resiliency improvements at the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island, the borough's largest private sector employer.
"The effects of Superstorm Sandy continue to be felt throughout the region, but as this project shows, we continue to rebuild stronger than ever," Governor Cuomo said. "The maritime industry is critical to Staten Island's economic growth, and these types of resiliency projects are essential to maintaining the 300 jobs the facility and protecting those workers from future catastrophic weather events."
Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand said, "This critical FEMA funding will help provide much needed resources to facilitate repairs to the Howland Hook Container Terminal, a vital economic anchor on Staten Island. Superstorm Sandy devastated our communities and these federal funds are critical to our ongoing recovery efforts to rebuild New York’s infrastructure even stronger so our economy can grow and we can be prepared when the next storm hits."
A 12-acre portion of the 187-acre container terminal will be reconstructed to mitigate future degradation from floodwaters. Improvements include the replacement of subgrade granular materials, reconstruction of the storm drainage system with reverse flow tide gates, reconstruction of utilities and resurfacing.
Project design and construction will be funded by the combination of a $23 million grant awarded to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and a $7.8 million local match being arranged by the Port Authority and New York Container Terminal. The federal government has authorized an initial $2.9 million grant to cover the design work on the project, and an additional $20.1 million to cover the construction phase. Funding was awarded based on a competitive federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program process overseen by New York State's Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services.
Senator Diane J, Savino said, "I want to commend FEMA for their generous grant to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to assist in the project at the Howard Marine Terminal here on Staten Island. Thanks to these funds, we can continue to ensure flood resiliency not only for the terminal but surrounding areas as well."
Assemblyman Michael Cusick said, "Superstorm Sandy revealed how many of our coastal homes and businesses are susceptible to damage from flooding events. As a critical terminal for East Coast shipping, it is essential that Howland Hook be able to withstand the impacts of storms like Sandy, and this resiliency and rebuilding project will help ensure that is the case. Howland Hook is an economic engine for Staten Island, and I commend Governor Cuomo, FEMA, and the Port Authority for addressing this critical project to make certain Howland Hook continues to be a thriving, state of the art terminal for years to come."
Howland Hook, operated by New York Container Terminal, is located in northwestern Staten Island on the east side of the Arthur Kill just north of the Goethals Bridge and Arthur Kill lift bridge. It handles containerized cargo and refrigerated cargo.
The terminal includes an on-site five-track ExpressRail intermodal facility that connects via the Arthur Kill Vertical Lift Bridge to New Jersey and the national rail network. The rail facility was built by the Port Authority and opened in mid-2007. It uses part of the once-abandoned North Shore Branch of the Staten Island Railway, which leads into the Arlington Yard, and the Travis branch, along the West Shore.
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