Staten Island Blue Belt Reconstruction Project Receives $1 Million For Ocean Breeze Area


Malliotakis Announces $1 Million for Mid-Island Blue Belt Street Reconstruction Project 

Editor’s note: Similarly to the Snake Rd Reconstruction project in Queens, many of Staten Island’s older roads and other infrastructure are in need of repair or upgrade due to the more severe storms and weather that we have been experiencing. 

(STATEN ISLAND, NY) – Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis (NY-11)  announced $1,000,000 in federal funding she secured for the Mid-Island Blue Belt Street Reconstruction Project. The funding will be used for road reconstruction in the Ocean Breeze section of Staten Island, including new curbs, sidewalks and potential street raising to prevent flooding and ponding.
“New York City’s Bluebelt system has helped fortify Staten Island and lessened the severity of flooding, particularly for residents in the Midland Beach and Ocean Breeze communities who know the devastating effects of severe storm water all too well,”  Malliotakis said.  “I’m proud to have secured $1 million in federal funding to build new curbs, sidewalks and street raising where necessary, and to support the installation of new storm sewers, man holes, catch basins and water mains to prevent future flooding and ponding in this area. Securing New York City’s fair share of federal infrastructure funding has been one of my top priorities in Congress, and I look forward to seeing this and other flood resiliency projects completed across our borough in the near future.”
This project is being conducted in partnership between NYC Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP), NYC Department of Design and Construction (NYCDDC), and the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), and includes work along Lincoln Avenue between Boundary Avenue and Sanilac Street, and along Laconia Avenue and Rowan Avenue. The project’s scope also includes the installation of approximately 70 linear feet of new storm sewers, the installation of 7,980 timber piles, three manholes and six catch basins, the planting of 452 Caliper trees, and the replacement of 40 linear feet of 8-inch water main. To date, NYCDDC has removed 305 trees, obtained soil and geotechnical samples, completed clearing and grubbing, and excavated approximately 46,400 tons of soil. The project is expected to be completed in Summer 2025.
“This is a good day for the people of this community and beyond,” Staten Island Borough President Vito Fossella said . “Thank goodness we started laying the foundation years ago for this Bluebelt system…There’s an old expression, ‘When you can work with nature, do so,’ and that’s exactly what this does, and it does so not only in an esthetically pleasing way, but in an effective way…We’re making progress, the teams are working together and that’s what we should do. This is government working together.”
“What a great Earth Day gift to the communities of Midland Beach and Ocean Breeze, and really the whole East Shore, from our Congresswoman,” City Councilman David Carr said . “For so long, the City was looking for support from our federal government for so many important infrastructure projects, and our Congresswoman time and again is delivering on these issues…This project is incredibly important because as great as the Bluebelt is, if you don’t have the right streetscape, if you don’t have the right pitching, if the catch basins aren’t in the right place, the water never reaches them and then they never get into these BMPs, these drainage ponds, in order to make it back out to sea.”
Malliotakis voted for the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), that as of March 2024, has provided New York State with $22 billion for 515 infrastructure projects, including over $360 million specifically for sewer resilience and flood mitigation. Malliotakis has ensured the East Shore Seawall project is fully funded , with the bidding process for the first phase (the drainage portion) having taken place last week, with a number of contractors interested. Malliotakis has also called on the State to lift its arbitrary cap on the Clean Water State Revolving Fund so New York City can receive an equitable share share of infrastructure funding proportional to its population
Banner Image: Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis with Staten Island Borough President Vito Fossella & City Coucilman David Carr. 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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