UPDATED: Gov Cuomo: City of Long Beach: Downtown to the Boardwalk Resilient Connectivity: $1,063,851

Governor Cuomo Announces $70 Million in Funding for 68 Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects [LINK]:

  • City of Long Beach: Downtown to the Boardwalk Resilient Connectivity: $1,063,851

Sounds good. What’s it for? A reliable person is telling me it could be for National Blvd, from the Boardwalk to the LIRR. Don’t quote me on that. I’ll update once I hear more.  

Correction: Edwards Blvd. Read the full city statement here:

Huge News for Long Beach — not bad for a Monday!

The City of Long Beach is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a generous grant from the New York State Department of Transportation, in the amount of $1,063,851, for “Downtown to the Boardwalk: Resilient Connectivity.”

The proposed project, covered by this grant, will transform one of the major boulevards in the City of Long Beach, Edwards Boulevard, into a more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly thoroughfare that includes elements of resiliency and green infrastructure. Edwards Boulevard is the gateway to the beach from the Long Beach multimodal transportation hub.

Earlier this year, the City invited residents along Edwards Blvd. to participate in a community engagement session to provide information for the grant application. The City has regularly requested resident feedback to help formulate plans for significant projects such as the Long Beach Boardwalk. Now that funding has been obtained for this project, residents will be brought into the process again to determine the future of this project.

“In 2013, the City Council approved the Complete Streets Policy, and this grant money gives us a great opportunity to implement that very policy while incorporating resiliency into infrastructure projects,” stated City Council President Scott J. Mandel. “The City’s Department of Economic Development and Planning applied for this grant earlier this year, and we sincerely thank Governor Cuomo for assisting us with this award.”

“This project is a prime example of Long Beach Listens in action,” said City Council Vice President Fran Adelson. “We invited community members to participate in a public session to provide input for the grant, and the end result is a grant for more than a million dollars to help us embark on a tremendous project. We have an incredibly connected and involved community that plays an integral role in moving Long Beach forward, and we look forward to working with them at future community-engagement meetings to ensure that this project is designed based on the needs of our residents.”

“Cornerstones of this administration include building green infrastructure, improving traffic safety, and enhancing our downtown,” said City Councilwoman Eileen J. Goggin. “These types of grants help beautify the neighborhood, improving the quality of life for our residents, and increase safety for bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists, alike.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo stated that projects like the one Long Beach will be taking on “will help communities become more walkable and bicycle friendly, as well as show off the natural beauty that exists in every corner of this state.

“When applying to the Department of Transportation, municipalities typically do not receive funding in their first year due to the complexity of the application and the amount of competition,” said Economic Development Director Patricia Bourne. “Receiving this award the first time we applied for it is quite special – only three municipalities in Nassau County received an award.”

The projects receiving awards throughout the State were chosen through a competitive solicitation process and rated on established criteria that included public benefit and community support for the project; connectivity to an existing transportation system; how well the proposed improvements benefit walking and bicycling; impact on local or regional economies; availability of matching funds; and ability to deliver the project within federally required timeframes. The funds are made available to the State through the Federal Highway Administration and are administered by the State Department of Transportation. The program provides up to 80 percent of the cost of each project, with the remaining share coming from the project sponsor. In the City’s case, the remaining 20 percent is covered by the Public Works Department’s Capital Budget. The funds are dedicated for strategic investments in transportation alternatives and with a local sponsor match of more than $33.6 million, support a total investment of nearly $103.7 million. [LINK]

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34 thoughts on “UPDATED: Gov Cuomo: City of Long Beach: Downtown to the Boardwalk Resilient Connectivity: $1,063,851”

  1. Enough with the smoke and mirrors! Cuomo doesn’t give a sh$# about the health and well being of Long Beach children, elderly, medically under-served or me and you. He’s letting South Nassau Hospital siphon 180,000,000 million in FEMA dollars designated to open a new hospital in Long Beach get siphoned off to Oceanside and leave us with a doc-in-a-box. Oh, and what now? A new bike path for visitors getting off the train? The hospital property will be sold to a developer unless we all demand otherwise. And please, stop complaining about the old LBMC. It sucked, we get it. I don’t hear about anyone not going the new boardwalk because the old one wasn’t as good. I’ll see you all at the ribbon cutting for the new visitor bike path, or at least the people that are back in their homes. I can’t wait to see how many people chime in on how excited they are to hear about what else we’re doing for non-tax paying visitors.

  2. @ Former Dem. I just laughed at loud. “Resilient Connectivity”, that is some funny political speak if I’ve ever heard it. Really, WTF is that? I never imagined riding my bike from the boardwalk to Gino’s. Brilliant! “The program provides up to 80 percent of the cost of each project, with the remaining share coming from the project sponsor:” So we were just awarded $1,063,851. Does that mean we submitted a 1.3 million dollar project idea? Where’s the other $300,000 coming from, our taxes? No wait, ad space on black metal garbage cans that will line the path. Stop the nonsense. Fight for the $180 million from FEMA. It’s ours for a new hospital. Employ over a thousand residents. Get the $250 million back into the economy that is lost when a hospital closes.

  3. While this isn’t the thread topic to continue to entertain this nonsense, I’m going to anyway: I’m so sick of people pissing and moaning about the hospital. No, LB doesn’t NEED a hospital, having one that close is a luxury that most people in this country aren’t afforded. South Nassau is FIVE miles from LB, all of you sound like a bunch of spoiled children.

  4. Look like BltByKrmn has been so sick that he has been asleep for the past year. South Nassau is 5+ miles from the Long Beach Bridge but much further for residents in Pt Lookout and Atlantic Beach. However, more important than distance is the time it takes to get there. When I have a stroke I rather be to a Long Beach Hospital in under 5 minutes vs. the 22 minutes it take to get to South Nassau. Those are the real times it is taking on average (and exclude the bridge being stuck)! Prognosis for strokes (and many other conditions) is greatly dependent on the time it takes to start emergency treatment.
    The CEO of South Nassau said just building an ER is not financial sustainable. However, a small hospital can be profitable. FEMA has allocated $170million for restoring services in Long Beach. Why should the NY State money go to the Oceanside campus? Its our tax money. Restore services on the barrier island!
    WAKE UP BLTBYKRMN!

  5. Seriously, you’re going to argue over 5 vs. 5.4 miles in distance from LB bridge to South Nassau? If you’re in Atlantic Beach, St John’s is TWO miles from the AB Bridge. Point Lookout is 9.4 miles to South Nassau via the Loop, we’re not talking 30 miles. Have you ever lived outside this little bubble called LB? Most people in the United States would be uncontrollably laughing at you if they heard you complain that a hospital 2-10 miles away was completely unacceptable.

    If funding was allocated to a LB hospital, great, everyone should welcome it. However, enough already with the constant pissing and moaning as if you’re being neglected like a 3rd world village.

  6. Anything to improve Edwards, Park to Boardwalk, is worthy of applause in my book. That we apparently had a successful grant application makes it all the better. For those who think the projects/funds will go to political hacks/benefactors, follow the progress, show up at a City Council meeting, rally your neighbors, etc., with facts so you can try to keep the City management on the straight and narrow. Maybe you will fail, but if you are right and you do nothing but complain here, the outcome is assured.

    Turning to the hospital, which, granted, has nothing to do with this topic, I was skeptical about the need for a new hospital as opposed to an appropriate level emergency care facility, but I’ve turned based on the following: (i) the fact that many residents would rather have risked death than go to LBMC is irrelevant b/c we have a clean slate to work with; (ii) the FEMA money was FOR LB, not for Oceanside — why should we not get it?; (iii) we have squadrons of seniors and busy parents — having a hospital makes it more likely you will have physicians with offices and even living in LB; and (iv) a hospital is an employer and it will employ existing and new LB residents; and (v) asking for less than a hospital ensures you will get less than a hospital and maybe less than the lowest common denominator of need.

    There is an opportunity here to have something better, much better, than what we had. Let’s see what we can get.

  7. I’m not opposed to intelligent conversation around the benefits of a hospital in LB or utilizing funds that were allocated for one.

    What I do have a problem with is fanatical dolts running around like chickens with their heads cut off screaming:

    “LONG BEACH NEEDS A HOSPITAL!!OMG!11BBQ!!11!”

    No, LB doesn’t NEED a hospital, it’s a luxury. A luxury that may save lives, but still a statistical luxury.

  8. I’m only a little sorry I went off on tangent. I hope this project turns out to be a “nice” thing to add to the city. I get incensed when I see all these half measures being touted by the City as progress. The notion that ad revenue from ugly black metal recycle bin advertising makes me flip a lid when at the same time they try to sneak in pensions and lifetime health benefits after only 5 years. But still they lay claim to some sort of innovative tax reducing initiative. Really, what the hell is an 80% funded “Resilient Connectivity” project going to do to help with unsustainable expenditures and massive bonded debts? I’ll tell you, it’s going to have dopey people thinking things are ok. Sure, “Edwards Boulevard is the gateway to the beach”, for everyone that doesn’t live here! You want resiliency? There is $25,000,000 in grant money from the NYS community redevelopment plan. We could have bulkheaded the entire bay front and up and down the canals with that money. But we get garbage cans, cemented over greenery, a bike path for tourists, a trapeze, and I don’t know what else. Do I want Edwards Blvd to look nice? Sure I do. But at the same time, I want the City to take a stand on things of real value. How many nurses live here, how many physical therapists, how many doctors want to set up offices and live near the ocean, how many unemployed would like to ride a new bike path to a job at a new hospital? It’s not a luxury. It’s something that was ours since 1922. FEMA has allocated 180 million dollars to open a new hospital. There is no reason on God’s green earth that the money should go to Oceanside. Opening a new hospital is a watershed moment for Long Beach. These other projects are indeed nice and should get done as well. Let’s focus on the bigger picture for once.

  9. got word from the state last night. first CRP project approved is uniformed bulkheading running the entire length of the city’s north shore.

  10. Interesting stuff. I perused the uniformed bulkheading that you said was approved. Very good news indeed. It would appear only the bayfront is getting bulkheaded. Does that include private residential properties as well? The canal residents may or may not get gates put on the end of the canals. We all hear the horror stories of the flooding down there. The canal gate project is estimated at $26,400,000. There are approximately 250(?) homes on the canals. Averaging a 60 foot plot that’s 15,000 feet. $800 fer linear foot is only $12,000,000. Why not just bulkhead everyone and save $14 million dollars? Even more money can be saved if we wait and see what happens to the hospital and Komanoff Center should it sold to developers. Your thoughts? And thank you for serving on the committee.

  11. it would include properties along the entire bayside, both public and private. unless it is uniform and complete, it won’t be affective. if the flood gates are not feasible or deemed unlikely and/or cost affective, the canals will also be included (and, i believe, we’re part of the estimate).

  12. Bulkheading is good and can fend off flooding for a few hours. But if the tide rises above the land, the water will just perc up through the ground. It would be great to see this done, but what happens to the saps who spent their own money on compliant bulkheads? Oh yea, we’re in a welfare state and if they had money to spend they are evil anyway.

  13. Mr McNally,
    I realize that the CRP is completely different from the residential rising program but I was wondering if perhaps you could lend some insight on the program referenced in the chart that was in the Newsday article on this release of CRP funds.

    The article [ http://data.newsday.com/long-island/data/sandy/home-offers/ ] states that 7 houses in LB have been “acquired” by the state. These 7 houses were closed for an average of $416K and another 47 houses in LB have conditional offers on them for another average of $500K+. It further states that these “properties that will be redeveloped to be storm-resistant”

    If I read that right we paid $416K for a house that will need another $200K “redevelopment” and then the state will resell them? Would it not have been better for the state to give the property owner $300K and let them build a new house?

    It seems a little weird that while people are struggling to get money to rebuild their homes a certain few people have been given money to walk away and hand their keys to the state. So if you want to rebuild in our community you need to jump through hoops and do cartwheels. But for a chosen number (54 houses), the state will actually pay you to abandon our community?

    I realize that you were not tasked with the residential rebuilding program but you appear to be one of the most knowledgeable about some state programs and I was wondering if you knew anything about this program.

    This “acquisition” program is different than the “buyout” program where properties are purchased with the land repurposed as environmental buffers against future storms.

  14. Captain, you must be aware of the goals of the “acquisition” program. Like those parroted by such socialist liberals as Sustainable Long Island and several City Councilmen, one purpose is “equal choice in housing, regardless of income”.

    Those revamped properties will be “sold” to people of a certain economic standing. The sale will be subsidized to “diversify” the community.

    And the poor saps who live next door to the under-acheiving, under-served, under educated or whatever you call them animals that the State moves in will have their values destroyed, which will result in more “housing available to those of lower income”. And we’re not talking about handouts to veterans, seniors and crime victims.

    Unless this Democrat madness is stopped, your home will be valueless and your community will be a slum.

  15. Gordo, that’s no way to talk about the people who helped you dolts out post Sandy. Not to mention the are part of the constituents who pay your salary.

  16. “And the poor saps who live next door to the under-acheiving, under-served, under educated or whatever you call them animals that the State moves in will have their values destroyed, which will result in more “housing available to those of lower income”. And we’re not talking about handouts to veterans, seniors and crime victims.” You mean Irish, Italians and Jews right? What an ass-hat.

  17. No, I mean scum that chooses to suckle off the taxpayer rather than work. And if this type of scum doesn’t bother you, why aren’t you living in Far Rockaway, where you can save 60% on rent? Their boardwalk is three times longer than ours!!!

  18. Former, you’re quite the poet…calling people “animals”.and “scum”. Someone once said that individuals are defined by the words they choose. Thanks for.helping define who you are.

  19. It’s people like you who choose to sugar-coat rather than risk offending anyone who permit this to happen. Do you think Far Rockaway was always a cesspool? Far from it. But those plagued by political correctness, like you, failed to stand up and fight the element that destroyed their community.

    Ed, if you’ve never seen or met people you would truly define as “animals” or “scum” you have to get out more. And if you truly, in your heart believe all folks are kind at heart, warm and fuzzy, how do you explain the 17 murders in Far Rockaway (population the same as Long Beach) this year? Hunting accidents perhaps?

    That’s 2.3 miles from the West End. When the Democrats herd this garbage next door to you, you’re in for one hell of an education.

    Keep picking up cans.

  20. WHO TO VOTE FOR? I was a life-long Democrat until I’ve seen what the carpetbaggers – both parties- did with the Sandy. money. I’m not even concerned with LB City Government. But since Republican Mangano’s heartily endorsed Cuomo, it’s apparent the whole NYS is a “uniparty.” Their only concern is getting elected by flashy programs like above. Who can I vote for as a “protest” vote, if nothing else. I’m thinking of writing in F.X.McQuade. His politics are the opposite of mine, but I believe he truly cares about our needs- a hospital, etc. Any ideas?

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