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Schumer to Fight for 'Accelerated Funds' to Rebuild Boardwalk

Senator to hold press conference in Long Beach on Monday.

Sen. Schumer, center, at a press conference in Point Lookout in January.
Sen. Schumer, center, at a press conference in Point Lookout in January.
Sen. Charles Schumer announced that he will unveil a plan to build a “tougher, more resilient” boardwalk at a press conference in Long Beach on Monday.

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In a press release the senator’s officer sent to media late Sunday, Schumer stated that he would fight for accelerated federal funds to ensure the Hurricane Sandy-battered boardwalk is “built stronger to survive future storms.”

“Under the plan, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will provide funding to rebuild the destroyed boardwalk with improved materials, such as tropical wood, as opposed to simply rebuilding it exactly as it was before,” the release from Schumer’s office stated.

The senator plans to announce that such an arrangement is in taxypayers’ best interest since the boardwalk will be much stronger and able to withstand future storms, the release continued.  “It would also allow the funding to come up front, as opposed to requiring Long Beach to borrow funds and then be repaid later. FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation program allows for the agency to provide additional funding to rebuild structures in such a way that they will be more resilient to future storms.”

Monday press conference is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at National Boulevard beach and will include Schumer and Long Beach City Council President Scott Mandel and Vice President Fran Adelson, according to the senator’s office.

The press conference comes less than a week after the city held at City Hall its final official meeting to gather public input on the reconstruction of a new boardwalk after Sandy destroyed sections of the wooden walkway last October. City Manager Jack Schnirman announced then that the next step in the city’s 10-step plan to rebuild the boardwalk was to submit all public input to Liro Engineers, the Syosset-based engineering firm the city hired in January to help redesign the new boardwalk, for review, after which the city will submit the finalized plans to FEMA and talks will begin with the agency about mitigation measures.

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Victor K. Sheinbaum February 25, 2013 at 08:05 AM
Good bless Charlie & Harvey. While the GOP scum are trying to eleminate FEMA amd FEMA Flodd, these guys are fighting for YOU. make sure in 2014 that the GOP can not kill FEMA.....vote em all out.
One-eyed Jack February 25, 2013 at 09:26 AM
Gosh, I hope we come up with something!
The ghost of Saint Brendan February 25, 2013 at 10:02 AM
Victor you seem very well informed. LOL
The ghost of Saint Brendan February 25, 2013 at 10:03 AM
Sorry Chuck " I cried for Chuck Hagel" and Harvey the double dipper are the two biggest self serving politicians in the state.
The ghost of Saint Brendan February 25, 2013 at 10:05 AM
Chuck talks about Accelerated funds on the beach but talks sequestration in DC only in Long Beach.
cabbage patch kid February 25, 2013 at 01:58 PM
Stronger? The cement supports are fine, that is strong why would you want stronger boardwalk just fix it use good materials and fix it. We don't need to build a stronger structure its overkill! The sooner the better
Victor K. Sheinbaum February 25, 2013 at 02:08 PM
In 2014, when u step in the voting booth remember that the GOp told u to drop dead by voting NO on sandy Relief. the GOP wants to eliminate FEMA and Flood Insurance and my bet is more than a few idiots that live in Long Beach will vothe for these rats anyway.
Hamburger February 25, 2013 at 03:53 PM
Go get em Chuck
Tony in Long Beach February 25, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Wow, that will be just so nice to have a brand new boardwalk, what will even be nicer is all the free parking the touristas will have in front of ALL OF THE VACANT HOMES in Long Beach because FEMA screwed them over.
Victor K. Sheinbaum February 25, 2013 at 05:23 PM
There wont be ANY vacant homes in LB by this time next year. This is PRIME oceanfront property. It may not be right, what FEMA is doing, but if you dont want or can not keep your home someone else will. Lets keep our eye on the ball.
RhondaVW February 25, 2013 at 05:47 PM
Hello CP Kid. Your pilings are 80+ years old as they stand now. They may appear fine but I the clock is ticking I'm sure and when concrete starts to fail it starts to do so geometrically. If there is FEMA mitigation funding available now would be the time to take advantage of that and redo the substructure as well. It has served LB well and really doesn't owe you anything more. If you don't do it now you may have to do it 20 years from now when there is no funding.
Tony in Long Beach February 25, 2013 at 07:15 PM
I have no problem in keeping or restoring my home, but I am one of the lucky ones. Long Beach is more about the people who live here than the boardwalk. Many of my neighbors find themselves mired in red tape with the reality that they may loose thier homes before they are able to navigate the bureaucracy originally set in place to help them.
Jack February 25, 2013 at 09:43 PM
Victor Sheinstein you idiot putz of a schill for the tax and spend welfare Democrats. The FEMA money will be stolen by the unions to keep them in their jobs just like the shovel ready ready job stimulus. Give the money to the homeowners whose house was destroyed not the welfare recipients and union thugs.
Victor K. Sheinbaum February 25, 2013 at 10:05 PM
When the people of NY & NJ were DOWN, the GOP took the opportunity to step on their throat by waiting 10 WEEKS to vote on Sandy Relief and then they voted NO. Lifetime GOP voters better get it through their head that their future depends on what they do in 2014. Voters can not get at the rednecks in Congress that told them to drop dead but they CAN vote out the NY & NJ GOP delegation and send the GOP Committee Chairman BASTARDS to the back of the bench where they are less likely to harm you. Think about it? How dumb do you feel voting in November, 2012 for the GOP only to have them turn around and screw you by voting NO on Sandy Relief. Mark my words. They WILL kill FEMA and FEMA Flood Insurance the minute the get the chance. Dont be dumb.
The ghost of Saint Brendan February 26, 2013 at 11:07 PM
Victor do tell us how Schumer got 3 billion from the Sandy Relief funds 60 billon to pay for a roof for the West side LIRR Yard for a possible tunnel to NJ that Christie killed 2 years ago. the tunnel will cost billions more to built. It was in the Daily News today. That money should go to the effected areas of the storm.

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