Hochul announces investments in coastal resiliency projects

In the wake of significant storm damage and erosion from recurring coastal storms, NY Governor Kathy Hochul yesterday announced key resiliency investments to stabilize communities from shoreline erosion and severe weather driven by climate change.

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New State funding to the town of Babylon from the historic $4.2 billion Clean Water, Clean Air and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act, a new partnership with Suffolk County to replenish sand and help stabilize the Fire Island shoreline, and critical improvements to protect public access to Gilgo State Park will improve the ability of these assets in the face of extreme weather, sea level rise, and other ongoing climate change challenges affecting the region.

“Long Island communities are all too familiar with the destruction caused by extreme weather,” Governor Hochul said. 

“In addition to New York’s actions to combat climate change, we are taking action to ensure our communities, homes and infrastructure are resilient and will withstand the coastal storms happening now.

Governor Hochul made this announcement following a tour of Overlook Beach in the Town of Babylon, joined by Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos, Suffolk County Executive Ed Romaine, Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer, and Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer Kevin McCaffrey.