More than $1M in federal funds to repair Sandy-damaged parks
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- This upcoming October marks four years since Hurricane Sandy destroyed homes, parks and playgrounds across Staten Island.
More than $1 million of federal funding from FEMA, through the Public Assistance program, will be used in an effort to repair some of the borough's parks and playgrounds.
The announcement was made Friday by U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressman Dan Donovan and Mayor Bill de Blasio.
"Superstorm Sandy devastated our communities, and this FEMA funding will help cover the cost of repairing damages to several parks and playgrounds on Staten Island," Gillibrand said.
The $1,092,771 repairs will be made to: Schmul Park, Travis; Midland Playground and Skate Park, Midland Beach; Lemon Creek Park, Pleasant Plains; Cpl. Allan E. Kivlehan Park, New Dorp, and Silver Lake Park.
"This federal reimbursement will help New York City ensure that repairs made at these parks do not put a heavy burden on local taxpayers, many of whom were personally impacted by Superstorm Sandy," Schumer said.
Mayor de Blasio stated that repairs are already in place, and added: "This marks another step forward as we ensure that Staten Island -- and our entire city -- is stronger and more resilient after Sandy, providing our kids and our families with the safe open space they need."
The funding will be provided to the New York City Office of Management and Budget on behalf of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.
"Hopefully, these repairs bring more normalcy to the upended lives of thousands of Staten Islanders," said Donovan.