04.28.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, JEFFRIES ANNOUNCE OVER $3 MILLION IN FEDERAL SANDY FUNDING FOR REPAIRS TO CONEY ISLAND’S STEEPLECHASE PIER

Iconic Steeplechase Pier Sustained Significant Damage as a Result of Superstorm Sandy; New York City Dept. of Parks & Recreation Made Much-Needed Repairs 

Schumer, Gillibrand, Jeffries Announce $3.4 Million in FEMA Funding for Sandy-Related Repairs to Pier; Work Included New Light Poles, Benches, Shade Structures & Removal of Wood Decking

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Hakeem Jeffries today announced over $3.4 million in federal funding for Sandy-related repairs to the Coney Island Steeplechase Pier. This Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding has been awarded to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYCDPR).

“The iconic Steeplechase Pier in Coney Island was unfortunately damaged during Superstorm Sandy and was under construction for nearly one whole year. This federal funding makes sure that local taxpayers are not entirely on the hook for repairing the iconic Steeplechase Pier, but instead get to enjoy it for many years to come,” said Senator Schumer.

“I am pleased Coney Island will get this federal funding to help cover the cost of repairing Steeplechase Pier,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Superstorm Sandy devastated our communities, and this critical FEMA funding will help provide much needed resources on the ground to help rebuild as recovery efforts continue.”

"The Steeplechase Pier is an iconic part of the Coney Island community. We are proud to deliver this federal grant, which will be used to repair the pier and protect it from storms that may occur in the future. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, along with Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand should be applauded for their pivotal roles in making this happen,” said Rep. Jeffries.

Coney Island’s Steeplechase Pier sustained significant damage in Superstorm Sandy. FEMA funding, in the amount of $3,416,360, is being awarded to NYCDPR for work that included: reinforced concrete joints, wood decking to be removed and reset with recycled plastic lumber on the beginning stretch and wings, new light poles, water line, viewing platforms, benches and shade structures.

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