On Tuesday, December 12, representatives from the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) joined Nassau County officials in Mineola to dedicate the new 8th Precinct Station House.
Superstorm Sandy blew the windows out of the original 10,000-foot facility even as the precinct’s officers continued to work from the station house.
Understanding that the original building, built in the 1950s, was no longer safe or able to meet the current and future needs of the force, GOSR worked with Nassau County to secure $15.35 million in federal Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding. The new 30,000-foot, state-of-the-art center was built with resiliency in mind and features the placement of all mechanical equipment, telecommunications, and police record storage on the fourth floor. The building also has a generator installed on its roof, and is reinforced by windows, walls and roofing designed to withstand high winds and heavy snow loading.
“Governor Cuomo created GOSR to strengthen our communities and to make the social and physical infrastructure more resilient. This project achieved both: to repair damage caused by Superstorm Sandy and ensure the means for quick and efficient delivery of critical emergency services to the community in times of need,” said Laura Munafo, GOSR’s Deputy Director for the NY Rising Community Reconstruction (NYRCR) Program on Long Island, as well as the Rebuild By Design (RBD) Living with the Bay Project. “The significance of each resiliency upgrade cannot be stressed enough, as safe and functional facilities are essential to ensuring that our dedicated police officers and emergency personnel can adequately do their jobs.”
Through GOSR, $197 million is being invested in Nassau County for 50 infrastructure-related projects, including the new station house, through the community-driven bottom-up New York Rising Community Reconstruction (NYRCR) Program — the most of any single county in the State.
In addition, more than $130 million in standalone projects are being implemented through the NY Rising Infrastructure Program — such as the $101 million improvements to Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant — and the $125 million Living with the Bay Project to promote stormwater and tidal flooding mitigation within the Mill River watershed.
“Not only does this effort exemplify the positive outcomes of partnerships among all levels of government, it also allows us to give back to the brave men and women who give so much to all of us,” Ms. Munafo said. “We are enormously proud at GOSR to carry out Governor Cuomo’s mission to aid local governments, while paving the way for a better and stronger State.”