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Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Coney Island school gets more than $16M for Sandy-related repairs

U.S. Sens. Chuck E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand and Congressman Hakeem Jeffries on Tuesday announced $16.2 million in federal funding to the New York City School Construction Authority for permanent work of P.S. 90 Edna Cohen School of Coney Island, as a result of Superstorm Sandy.

Flooding from storm surge caused severe damage to the public school. Federal funding is being obligated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance program.

“There is no better federal investment than one that helps educate students in a safe and learning-friendly environment,” Schumer said.

Jeffries, thanking the senators, noted that the school’s “infrastructure was decimated, classrooms were flooded and children were left with no place to learn.”

“This investment will help to rectify those damages to restore P.S. 90 to pre-Sandy conditions with even stronger infrastructure,” Gillibrand said.

Also on Tuesday, Schumer and Gillibrand, along with Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (D-Brooklyn), announced $1.6 million in federal funding to the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey for permanent repairs of the Red Hook Container Terminal in Brooklyn, which was also damaged by Superstorm Sandy. Heavy rains and storm surge flooded the facility, which handles container ships and bulk cargo.

 “Superstorm Sandy damaged Red Hook Container Terminal, a major shipping port here in New York that is so important to our local economy,” said Schumer, who added that he is “pleased that FEMA is providing the reimbursement for these much-needed repairs to the container terminal.”

“This is an important federal reimbursement that will ensure the cost to repair and replace equipment won’t be left on the backs of New York families,” Gillibrand said.

“Red Hook’s role as a major shipping location is critical to Brooklyn’s and our entire city’s economy.  I’m pleased to see these federal resources dedicated to repairing this installation and ensuring it fully recovers from Hurricane Sandy,” said Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.).