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Beach Channel gets $5M for Sandy fixes

Money will reimburse city for repairs

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Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 12:04 pm, Thu Jan 23, 2014.

Nearly $5 million in federal funds has been allocated for major Hurricane Sandy-related repairs and emergency protective measures at Beach Channel High School and related cleanup in Jamaica Bay.

The total funding, $4,902,607.21, will reimburse 90 percent of the costs the School Construction Authority undertook for post-storm repairs at the school on the shore of Jamaica Bay. They include cleaning up an oil spill caused by the school’s ruptured oil tanks; rental and installation of temporary power generators, including staging for more than two dozen other schools in the disaster zone; rental and installation of a temporary boiler and a fuel oil tank; and new fire alarms.

The grant was announced by U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) last Thursday.

“This new funding will go a long way in helping Beach Channel High School move forward with their recovery and ensure our children continue to receive the quality education they deserve,” said Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park), who pushed for federal reimbursments for Beach Channel and several other schools in the disaster zone. “I commend Senators Schumer and Gillibrand for staying on the forefronts of Sandy relief and I will continue to work with them until every school in southern Queens and Rockaway makes a full recovery.”

In December, Schumer, Gillibrand and Goldfeder announced $1,861,901.33 in federal funds for the SCA in support of major Sandy-related repairs at PS 207 in Howard Beach, which suffered terrible damage in the storm, including a ruptured oil tank that flooded the basement and broken fire alarms that were still not working 14 months later.

In September, Schumer and Goldfeder also announced $5,277,661 in federal FEMA funding for the SCA to support repair work at three other public schools that were damaged by Sandy, including PS 43, Temple Beth Elementary School and PS 198, all in the Rockaways.

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