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Stimulus money brings smiles to the Coney Island boardwalk

Assemblymembers Steven Cymbrowitz and Alec Brook−Krasny applauded Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision to allocate $15 million of federal stimulus money for repair of the Riegelmann Boardwalk, which forms the southern border of each assemblyman’s district.

Cymbrowitz and Brook−Krasny obtained $10 million in state funds last spring to begin repairs of the boardwalk. When the two assemblymen learned of the availability of federal stimulus money, they informed the mayor that this money was desperately needed for the boardwalk restoration project.

“As I told the mayor, the boardwalk project was ‘tailor−made’ for stimulus money because it will not only create jobs, but is ready to go. Hammers and saws could be in motion almost immediately. The city was already well into planning the boardwalk re−do because of the allocation of funds my colleague Brook−Krasny and I secured last year. This process is almost complete and construction should be close to beginning,” Cymbrowitz explained.

Brook−Krasny added, “While this project will make work, it is not a ‘make−work’ project. The work that will be done is desperately needed to safeguard the millions of people who use the boardwalk each year.”

“Over the past few years it has become apparent that the patchwork repairs to the boardwalk were insufficient to either protect the public or to preserve the historic look of this heavily used structure,” Cymbrowitz explained. “While the Parks Department has worked diligently to correct defects, the years and elements have taken their toll on the boardwalk and a beginning to end renovation is needed.”

“The Coney Island Boardwalk, which runs 2.7 miles from Brighton Beach to Coney Island, is over 85 years old and is showing its age. What better way to celebrate this cherished Brooklyn destination than to restore it to its original splendor? I want beachgoers and others who will be flocking to the seaside oasis this summer to know that they can look forward to a new, improved boardwalk in the not too distant future,” stated Brook−Krasny.

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