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Plans moving along to protect East Shore from another devastating storm like Sandy

By Rachel Shapiro | [email protected] Staten Island Advance
Email the author | Follow on Twitter on January 29, 2015 at 11:52 AM, updated January 29, 2015 at 12:47 PM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A draft report is expected this spring on plans to protect Staten Island's East Shore from future devastating storms. Borough President James Oddo has been meeting with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and state and city officials to discuss a plan to build buried seawalls, a flood wall and levee system to protect the East Shore -- from Ford Wadsworth to Oakwood Beach -- from future storms like Hurricane Sandy. Army Corps spokesman Chris Gardner said the draft feasibility report for the project and a draft environmental impact statement will be released in the spring. Right now, the Army Corps is working with state and city entities to collect their feedback and incorporate it into the report. Once that is complete, the draft report will be released and a public meeting will be held. The cost is an estimated $500 million, with 65 percent being paid for by the federal government, and the state and city splitting the other 35 percent. The state would pay about $131 million and the city about $44 million. Amy Spitalnick, spokeswoman for de Blasio's Office of Management and Budget, said the city has already allocated its share of the spending in its budget. She said, "We see these plans as a key part of the city's comprehensive resiliency plan," including a variety of other measures on Staten Island. The timeline for the project includes another year for the final report -- spring 2016 -- final approval from Congress, expected in fall 2016, and then construction contracts awarded in 2017. "They're making progress," Oddo said. However, "We are staring at several hurricane seasons before this protection is fully installed," he added. To continue reading visit-


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