October 4, 2018
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Nearly $5 Million in Federal FEMA Funding for The Village of Island Park Hazard Mitigation Project

Governor Cuomo Announces Nearly $5 Million in Federal FEMA Funding for The Village of Island Park Hazard Mitigation Project

Phase II Approval Will Fund Engineering Design, Permits, for the Village of Island Park's Drainage System

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved nearly $5 million in federal funding under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program for the Village of Island Park's drainage system. This grant will fund the final engineering and design work for this project. Approximately $1.8 million was awarded for preliminary design work in 2015.

"Make no mistake about it: extreme weather and severe storms are the new normal, which makes protecting and hardening our infrastructure more critical than ever before," Governor Cuomo said. "This funding will make the Village of Island Park more resilient against future storms and help this community continue to build back after the devastation of Superstorm Sandy."

The Village of Island Park was devastated by Hurricane Sandy with a stated inundation of 6 to 8 feet of sea water that flooded virtually every home and business in the Village. Additionally, the Village lost its elementary school, firehouse, the Village Hall and places of worship.

The proposed work provides protection from flooding of the Village of Island Park, located in the town of Hempstead in Nassau County, NY. The Village will install an upgraded municipal storm drainage system including 42,000 feet of new storm sewers, tide gates, subsurface storm water retention, three potential road elevations and 2,000 feet of upgraded bulkhead.

FEMA has reserved an amount not to exceed $33,624,150, with a 100 percent Federal Share, for the construction portion of the project. The final engineering is expected to be completed by April of 2020.

FEMA has approved these projects under its Hazard Mitigation Grant Program which allows the state to establish priorities aimed at increasing the state's resiliency, mitigating the risks of loss and damage associated with future disasters, and reducing hardship. After Superstorm Sandy devastated parts of New York, Governor Cuomo called for government and non-profit organizations across the state to submit applications for projects to help communities become more resilient, rebuild smarter, stronger and more sustainable communities in the wake of recent natural disasters.

Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Roger Parrino, Sr said," These federal grant funds will allow the Village of Island Park to upgrade their municipal storm drainage system to lessen the impacts of severe storms and flooding. I want to thank FEMA, and our state and local elected officials for their partnership in moving this vital project forward."

Senator Todd Kaminsky, said, "This project is vital to the quality of life for the residents of the Village of Island Park and will drastically improve the repetitive flooding issues in the community. I want to thank Governor Cuomo, Commissioner Parrino and the recovery team at DHSES for their partnership moving this important project forward."

Mayor Michael McGinty said, "There's no doubt about it -- Hurricane Sandy took a devastating toll on Island Park, however we have become far more resilient in the years since and that work continues today. Thanks to the Governor's leadership, as well as the tireless efforts of Senator Kaminsky and the state Homeland Security staff, we now have the resources we need to get to work and we will continue the renaissance that is Island Park."

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