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.