Velazquez on Funding for Red Hook Flood Protection
Washington - Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez released the following statement regarding lower estimates for funding for Red Hook Flood Protection:
"Given that previous proposals suggested funding commitments of $200 million, it is difficult to see how this more recent funding level of $100 million would be sufficient.
"We should keep in mind it usually costs more than projected to actually complete work on large scale projects like these.
"A case in point in my district is Brooklyn Bridge Park, which well surpassed original cost estimates and is now approaching $400 million.
"While a different kind of project, it is worth noting the Park spans half the distance of the waterfront under consideration for an Integrated Flood Protection System in Red Hook.
"Also in my district, the 'East Side Coastal Resiliency' project's length of waterfront is comparable to Red Hook's and it received $335 million.
"While all of these are deserving projects that should receive adequate funding, the point is additional resources will be necessary to adequately protect Red Hook from future flooding and extreme weather. Ultimately, the feasibility study will help determine how much money will be necessary. My office has been working with Governor Cuomo's and Mayor de Blasio's offices and will continue advocating for additional resources."
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