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Glen Cove Gets $876K for Ferry Terminal

Money will go toward commuter service area of terminal building; foundation was completed in July.

Glen Cove has received an allocation of $875,951 in federal funds to build its ferry terminal, the city announced today. 

The funds, secured with the help of Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer and Representative Peter King, come from the Federal Highway Administration.

The money will be put toward constructing the LEED-standard terminal building's areas for ticket sales, passenger waiting areas and customer service offices.

"This is great news for the City and for Long Island," said Mayor Ralph Suozzi in a statement.

He said the funds would allow the city to begin construction of the terminal building. He expressed thanks to the federal legislators who helped obtain the grant.

"I am grateful to the New York State Congressional Delegation for their efforts, for their commitment, andfor their continued support and partnership in helping Glen Cove to revitalize our waterfront andpursue economic opportunities that will benefit our city and our region," he said.

Representative King said the project's importance extends to the rest of the region.

"This funding will not only help assist Glen Cove’s waterfront transformation but will provide a positive, long-term economic impact for Long Island," he said in a statement.

Schumer echoed the sentiment in a statement, adding that the grant is an important milestone in the project's progress.

"We’ve now secured every necessary dollar to complete the crucial first phase of the Glen Cove Waterfront Revitalization Project that will not only provide convenient transportation to New York City, but also transform the waterfront, spur the local economy and create jobs," he said.

Gillibrand called the grant a "huge win" for Glen Cove and Nassau County.

"I am proud to support this project and will continue working with the local community on the development," she said in a statement.

The first phase of the project, including dredging of Glen Cove Creek, a new bulkhead, ramps and docks, landscaping, utilities installation and construction of parking lots and building foundations, was completed in July, according to the city.

GCPete August 06, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Is it me or does the rendering look as though there is not going to be enough parking to make this actually useful? Would it have not made more sense to simply build a dock that the boats could come to and then get people to actually start using the service first before taking on another construction project? I certainly hope that this works but have my doubts. If its anything like other ferry services, it's going be about 3 to 4 times as expensive as the train (Jersey Shore to Manhattan is $665/mo). It'll need to run often 4 to 6 times a day in each direction and save enough time (boat ride alone will be about 40min to edge of the island ... train is 65 min to Penn) to warrant the expense and the drive to Glen Cove to take it. I do hope it works but really have my doubts about this 'build it and they will come' mentality. Just because some consultants said that this is a good idea doesn't necessarily make it so. Good luck.
cc August 07, 2012 at 11:07 AM
It never worked before, so why will it work now. The ferry will not be going to midtown only to the east side and wall street. So that should tell you something. This will not work as nothing the current administration and democrats have done in the past. Spend and waste and raise taxes.
Tom Terrific August 07, 2012 at 11:44 AM
It's not too difficult to analyze this thing. The question is simply this: Will the project present a reliable, COST EFFECTIVE and time-saving transportation option to the average, middle class commuter who treks into the city day-in and day-out? If the answer is yes, then we've got something here. If the answer is no, then we have the same old pie in the sky bullspit.
Jonathan Turman August 09, 2012 at 04:19 PM
As usual the current city leadership has not a clue. The ferry service will not work. glen Cove has had other ferry operators in the past and what happened? they pulled out because they couldn't make a buck. The city would have been better off developing an express bus service terminal.
paul August 09, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Wake up! The ferry is part of a smoke and mirror trick. You tell the dept of transportation you are going to have a ferry and than they pay for the following: Dredging of Glen Cove Creek, a new bulkhead, ramps and docks, landscaping, utilities installation and construction of parking lots and building foundations. Most important the road improvements to the waterfront and clean up of the toxic waste dump that the property was for the last 40 years! Glen Cove could not afford that on our own. Dept of transportation would not pay for it with out the ferry. The water frount development needed those improvements before the rest of the project could go foward.If the ferry fails (I think it will based on the same analysis as the first posters to the article) it does not matter because we get to keep all of the other improvements and toxic clean up paid not from out local tax dollars
cc August 09, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Maybe if they developed the waterfront as a park for recreational use it might attract people. We do not need more empty stores or high rent housing. We need open space to be enjoyed by all. There is room for a skating rink and a pool and open air concerts that you can attract better quality performers them the MP summer festival. This city needs a complete makeover so everyone can benefit not just the developers who control our city government. But let's face it , this will never happen when the special interest and the city government act as one.
Peter August 10, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Right on the money, Paul

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