U.S. Representatives Nita Lowey (NY-17) and Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) today announced a $1.86 million federal investment which will reimburse the cost of debris removal at Palisades Region State parks recreational facilities in Orange, Rockland, and Ulster County. Following Superstorm Sandy, nearly 90,000 cubic yards of disaster related debris was deposited park wide on access roads, picnic areas, bike paths, parking areas, hiking trails, camp sites, and recreational areas in Harriman State Park, Minnewaska State Park, Tallman Mountain State Park, Sterling Forest State Park, Rockland Lake State Park, Nyack Beach State Park, Minnewaska State Park, and Fort Montgomery State Historic Site.
“Our work isn’t finished - we will continue to partner with local, state and federal officials to secure strategic investments as New York continues to recover and rebuild,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. “Millions of visitors enjoy the parks and trails in the Hudson Valley – many of which have nearly been destroyed by disasters like Hurricane Sandy”.
“The Lower Hudson Valley has made significant progress recovering from Superstorm Sandy, but there is still much work to be done,” said Lowey. “These reimbursement funds will help alleviate the costs incurred during the cleanup phase and help restore these local treasures. As the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, I’m proud to have worked so hard to secure these critical funds at 90% reimbursement, rather than 75%, to help reduce the burden on local taxpayers. I will continue to work with Congressman Maloney and the rest of the New York Congressional delegation to make sure New York gets the federal dollars it needs to fully recover from Sandy.”
The award from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to New York State Parks Recreation & Historic Preservation totaled $1,855,492.74 and helped remove more than 5.5 acres of debris 10 feet high. The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees 179 state parks and 35 historic sites including 21 state parks and 7 historic sites in the Palisades region. A recent study commissioned by Parks & Trails New York found that New York State Parks generates $1.9 billion in economic activity annually, supports 20,000 jobs and has more than 60 million visitors annually.