Rep. Lee Zeldin Announces Over $349K in Federal Funding to Repair Veterans Beach in Mattituck
Mattituck, NY– Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today announced $349,335.28 in federal funding to repair the Peconic Bay Shoreline Bulkhead and the parking lot at Veterans Beach in Mattituck Park District; both of which were severely damaged during Super Storm Sandy.
Congressman Zeldin said, “When Superstorm Sandy hit, our communities on Long Island were devastated. Veterans Beach in Mattituck Park District was one area that was severely impacted, leaving the parking lot and bulkhead damaged and in need to significant repair. Working closely with Mattituck Park District, my staff and I were able to successfully secure the necessary federal funding to repair and restore the damaged infrastructure at Veterans Beach. This is funding that was long overdue. Through the federal funding secured, Mattituck Park District will now be able to fund the necessary renovations to protect, restore and strengthen our local community so that Long Island can rebuild stronger than before.”
New York State Senator Ken LaValle said, “It’s a pleasure working with Congressman Zeldin to protect and preserve our valuable shoreline. When all levels of government work together, we can continue to make great strides in our efforts to protect our precious environment. Congressmen Zeldin’s achievement in securing federal funds to repair Veteran’s Beach illustrates his commitment to our communities.”
Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell said, “I am pleased that, yet again, Congressman Zeldin has come through for the residents of Southold Town. Veterans Beach is an important asset to the community and this money is key to making sure we can all enjoy it for years to come.”
“This is a well-used, public park providing waterfront access,” said Legislator Al Krupski, whose district includes Veterans Beach. “Thanks to Congressman Zeldin, this relieves a financial burden from the Mattituck Park District.”
Mike Ryan, Commissioner of Mattituck Park District, said, “The residents of the Mattituck Park District have been extremely well served by Congressman Zeldin’s office. Super Storm Sandy had a severe impact on our Peconic Bay Shoreline Bulkhead. The Congressman’s office rescued our stalled application for FEMA, and saved our residents the tremendous burden of funding this restoration out of pocket. To me, this was a refreshing experience of how our branches of local, state and federal government are supposed to work. We are very fortunate to reside in such a unique area, and enjoy access to some even more unique parkland. It is through efforts such as this which will ensure those Parklands to be there for generations to come.”
The federal grant was secured through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).