Donovan, Borelli Push for Staten Island Coastal Scheme

NY Congressman Dan Donovan and Council Member Joe Borelli yesterday called for resiliency investments on Staten Island’s South Shore to fill a gap between existing flood protection projects.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is constructing a comprehensive line of protection from Fort Wadsworth to Great Kills Park, and the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery is advancing breakwaters and dunes for Tottenville.

The neighborhoods between Great Kills and Tottenville, though, require attention and protection, they said in the release.

Congressman Donovan said: “I want to be clear: The City’s resiliency team has been doing great work, and we collaborate regularly on important projects like the Army Corps seawall. We’re in the middle of yet another hurricane season, though, and there’s a critical gap along Staten Island’s coastline.”

“I understand that some funding had to be reallocated to Build it Back and that may have caused delays, but protecting these neighborhoods is a priority. I’d like to see the City use the other funding sources at their disposal to move the Raised Shorelines initiative forward on Staten Island.”

In addition to yesterday’s remarks, Congressman Donovan and Council Member Borelli sent the letter to Mayor de Blasio inquiring about the Raised Shorelines program.

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