On Wednesday, August 1, the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) teamed up with representatives from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to host subrecipients and design engineers for a day of hands-on learning.
Held at Nassau County’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM), the conference—more formally called a Technical Assistance (TA) session— offered guidance to more than 60 attendees, all working to implement road raising and drainage improvement initiatives on Long Island. The projects, including undertakings such as the Massapequa Drainage: Flood Diversion and Control Project, and the Town of Babylon Shoreline Stabilization Road Elevation, were developed through GOSR’s innovative NY Rising Community Reconstruction (NYRCR) Program— one of the five major programs within the NY Rising portfolio.
“As a bottom-up effort, the Community Reconstruction Program seeks to marry the technical skills and knowledge of State planners, engineers, environmentalists and other experts with the passion and insight of local residents,” said GOSR’s Long Island Director of Community Reconstruction and Infrastructure Programs, Jeanmarie Buffett. “With the help and support of partners like DEC, we continue to promote the success of these important projects, long after the planning phases of the program have ended. We would like to thank everyone who participated in this tremendous event and all of those who are on a daily basis helping us to realize a better, stronger State.”
DEC played an instrumental role in planning, executing and staffing the event.
“The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation recognizes the importance of building resiliency of our coastal communities on Long Island,” said DEC Regional Director Carrie Meek Gallagher. “DEC was encouraged by the response and serious attention given by municipalities and all attendees during the August 1 meeting. We look forward to continuing to work with GOSR to further our region’s ability to adapt and improve our coastal infrastructure in our ever changing climate conditions.”
Announced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in 2013, the NYRCR Program empowers storm-impacted communities in the recovery and resiliency processes. Altogether, a total of 650 New Yorkers have served on 66 committees, which collectively held 650 planning meetings and 250 public engagement events across the State. As the subsequent stage of the program, subrecipients are now tasked with bringing the locally-driven proposals to fruition. Currently, more than 300 NYRCR projects are underway across all regions of New York.
With officials from both GOSR and DEC present, the conference offered subrecipients and affiliated firms with one-stop shopping for the answers to their project-related inquiries and more. Approximately 30 projects being executed in the Town of Babylon, Town of Hempstead, City of Long Beach, Town of Oyster Bay, Village of Amityville, Village of Hewlett Harbor, Mastic Beach, Village of Bayville, Oakdale/ West Sayville, Village of Lindenhurst and other areas of Nassau County were among those discussed.
The event also enabled subrecipients to interact with each other and discuss their common experiences with these resiliency projects.
For more information about the NYRCR Program, visit: https://stormrecovery.ny.gov/community-reconstruction-program.