Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), the senior Northeastern Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, cheered progress on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' project to replenish Coney Island's beaches and construct a series of T-Groin rock jetties to prevent erosion on the peninsula. Nadler has supported these efforts since 1992, providing $18.9 million in federal dollars between fiscal years 2003 and 2010. $4.7 million in State funding and $2.6 million in City funding will also be used. In late 2012, the Army Corps plans to begin work at the peninsula's western edge, in the community of Sea Gate.
"This beach erosion project is truly vital to protect Coney Island's robust and famous beaches, and to protect the area's residents from future storm damage and erosion," said Nadler. "After 20 years of working with the Army Corps, the State, the City and the Sea Gate Association to make this project a reality, I'm thrilled that we are finally going to begin construction. I am so pleased that I have been able to help provide $18.9 million in federal funds and I thank Governor Cuomo for the State's key contribution of $4.7 million toward our efforts."