Rep. Malliotakis Announces Federal Grant For Local Brooklyn-Based Maritime Company, Highlights Importance Of Increasing Productivity, Creating Jobs


Malliotakis Announces Federal Grant for Local Maritime Company

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis (NY-11) met with representatives from the American Waterways Operators (AWO) and Hughes Bros., a Brooklyn-based maritime company with additional operations on Staten Island, to announce a $1 million federal grant to purchase a floating drydock to repair boats, ships, and department of sanitation recycling barges in and around our ports. Hughes Bros employs maritime workers for their shipyard operations from across New York’s 11th Congress District and relies on many Staten Island shipyard subcontractors to help accomplish vessel repair work.

“Two months ago, I joined representatives from New York’s tugboat and barge industry to highlight the important role federal investment has played in supporting our waterways and creating good-paying jobs in New York Harbor,” Congresswoman Malliotakis said. “For over 125 years, Hughes Bros. has tackled nearly every type of maritime challenge up and down the East Coast and this new dry dock will allow them to expand their operations, create additional good-paying jobs and more efficiently repair ships in and around our ports which is critical to keeping our supply chains moving.”

“The NY maritime industry is growing and Hughes Bros. is excited to meet the future vessel repair needs of our customers,” said Brian Hughes of Hughes Bros. “We thank Rep. Malliatokis and her staff for their tireless support of the US tug and barge industry!”

The funds are being dispersed through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) FY23 Small Shipyard Grant Program which is designed to support small shipyard projects that make capital improvements, provide training for workers in shipbuilding, ship repair, and drive efficiency and competition across the industry.

“We are thrilled that Hughes Bros., a longtime AWO member, has been awarded this grant to support the purchase of a floating dry dock in Brooklyn,” said Jennifer Carpenter, AWO President & CEO. “The acquisition of this dry dock is indicative of the growing demand for marine transport in New York and across the country, and will provide career opportunities for New Yorkers from all walks of life to work in the safest, most sustainable mode of freight transportation in the United States.”

Banner Image: Malliotakis pictured with Brian Hughes and Robert Hughes III of Hughes Bros. in her Washington, DC office. Image Credit – Rep. Malliotakis


Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis

Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis was sworn in on January 3, 2021 to represent Staten Island and Southern Brooklyn. Prior to serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis was elected to the New York State Assembly on November 2, 2010, defeating a two-term incumbent. In the Assembly, she served as Minority Whip and the ranking minority member of the Assembly Committee on Governmental Employees. For five terms, Congresswoman Malliotakis fought to restore ethics in Albany, expand transit service in her district, improve programs for senior citizens, reform education and improve New York’s economic climate by reducing the tax burden on small businesses and residents. A cornerstone of her tenure was helping her community recover and rebuild following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2012. In addition to advocating for these same issues in Washington, Congresswoman Malliotakis is acutely focused on securing New York’s fair share of federal mass transit funding, which would go towards expanding transportation services and easing traffic congestion, while also championing public safety by supporting our nation’s law enforcement officers. Congresswoman Malliotakis is the daughter of immigrants, her father from Greece and her mother a Cuban exile of the Castro dictatorship. She is currently the only Republican member representing New York City in Congress, representing a district spanning the boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island. She is a passionate advocate for animal rights and the strengthening of animal cruelty laws, and in her spare time, enjoys spending time with her chihuahua, Peanut.

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