U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Congressman Charles B. Rangel, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, State Senator José M. Serrano and Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez have called on the USACE to include coastal protection projects along the waterfront communities of East Harlem.
After Schumer and Rangel’s push in Congress, the recently passed FY16 Appropriations bill included federal funding for a New York/New Jersey Harbor feasibility study, which will study and provide recommendations for mitigation and resiliency projects throughout the harbor.
Specifically, the study will examine Sandy-related coastal flooding, test various solutions to prevent such flooding in the future and make a final recommendation on how to best alleviate flooding in these communities.
The lawmakers urged the USACE to make sure that the study’s final recommendation includes protection projects for East Harlem and its surrounding communities.
These communities do not currently have adequate long-term federally-funded resiliency projects.