2015-03-11 / Front Page

Schumer, Goldfeder Urge Army Corps: Release Study

US Senator Charles E. Schumer and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder urged the US Army Corps of Engineers to immediately hold public community forums regarding their plans for the long-delayed Rockaway Reformulation Study.US Senator Charles E. Schumer and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder urged the US Army Corps of Engineers to immediately hold public community forums regarding their plans for the long-delayed Rockaway Reformulation Study.US Senator Charles E. Schumer and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder urged the US Army Corps of Engineers to immediately hold public community forums regarding their plans for the long-delayed Rockaway Reformulation Study. Two and a half years ago, Superstorm Sandy devastated communities surrounding Jamaica Bay, however, the Army Corps of Engineers has not yet held any public meetings on a study that addresses the need for future waterfront protection.


The federally-funded Rockaway Reformulation Study, that Schumer and Goldfeder have long supported, will ultimately determine the solution for long-term erosion control and coastal protection projects along the Atlantic Coast, between East Rockaway Inlet, Rockaway Inlet and Jamaica Bay. While the reformulation study dates back to a 2003 agreement with NYCDEC, it has been subjected to various delays in funding and implementation. However in the Sandy Supplemental Appropriation of 2013, Schumer secured full federal funding to complete the Reformulation study and construction of the preferred alternative. For months, the Army Corps has said that they intend to provide public forums for residents to review suggested project alternatives, however, meetings have not yet been scheduled. Schumer and Goldfeder stated in a joint press release dated March 9, that the Army Corps should immediately provide public forums within the community so that impacted residents can review the Army Corps plans and project alternatives and provide experts with necessary community input as they continue to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy.


“Rockaway residents, many of whom are still feeling the devastating impact of Superstorm Sandy, deserve to know about the full details of this federally-funded ‘Reformulation Study,’ which will help create much-needed resiliency projects to better withstand the next monster storm,” said Senator Schumer. “The Army Corps should hold community meetings ASAP on the ‘Rockaway Reformulation Study’ to educate the community and to get their input. Public forums will allow residents to voice their concerns and also, allow residents to ask important questions that affect their future. I will continue working alongside Assemblyman Goldfeder until these concerns are addressed and the full protection project is implemented.”


“More than two years have passed since Sandy devastated Rockaway and our struggling communities are still waiting for the Army Corps of Engineers long-term resiliency plans for our waterfronts,” said Goldfeder. “Our families should have the chance to see the plans they have been waiting for and provide valuable input to ensure long term protection. By holding public forums, the Army Corps of Engineers can ensure that everyone can participate in the process and help shape our resiliency efforts in the years to come. I look forward to working with Senator Schumer to bring these forums to the community and give our families the peace of mind they need and deserve.”


The Rockaway Beach Reformulation Study, with the objective of finding a long term, cost-effective solution to the effects of continued erosion on the Rockaway peninsula, is currently ongoing. The Sandy Supplemental Appropriation, passed by Schumer in 2013, provided for full federal funding to complete the Rockaway Reformulation Study and construct the recommended alternative.


Schumer and Goldfeder have long supported protection projects along the waterfront communities in Rockaway. In September 2011, Schumer and Goldfeder surveyed the damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene and pledged to fight for resources needed to rebuild the beaches. After Superstorm Sandy, Schumer secured full federal funding in the Sandy Relief Bill for the “Rockaway Reformulation Study” and subsequent construction.


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