U.S. Army Corps Heeds Elected Officials’ Request and Extends Public Comment Period for Jamaica Bay Storm Remediation Plan

November 16, 2016

Following a request by Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn) and other elected officials, the Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to extend by 15 days the public comment period for the Jamaica Bay/Rockaway Draft Reformulation Plan.

The new deadline for public comment is December 2nd.

The federal plan seeks to bring storm risk management measures into shorefront areas of Brooklyn and Queens that were devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

In a November 1st letter sent to Colonel David A. Caldwell, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ New York District Commander, Assemblyman Cymbrowitz and other state and city lawmakers said the original deadline offered the public and community stakeholders insufficient time to comment on a project of such great impact.

“The scale and scope of such a project necessitates public input and we feel that the current November 17, 2016 deadline for commentary does not provide enough time for adequate review by civic groups, community stakeholders and residents,” the lawmakers wrote.

In addition to Assemblyman Cymbrowitz, who drafted and circulated the letter, it was signed by Assemblymembers Helene Weinstein, Pamela Harris and Jaime Williams; State Senators Diane Savino and Roxanne Persaud, and City Councilman Alan Maisel.

Assemblyman said the extension fell short of the deadline they requested -- no earlier than December 31st – but would “at least give civic groups and residents more time to formulate their thoughts about a project that will permanently change our communities.”

The reformulation plan suggests a wide range of projects for shorefront communities in Brooklyn and Queens, including beach nourishment, barriers, sub-gates, and residual risk features such as a hurricane barrier at the mouth of Jamaica Bay. The plan can be viewed here.