WESTCHESTER, NY— July 27, 2018 — Westchester Congress Members Eliot Engel (NY-16), Nita Lowey (NY-17) and Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) are pleased to announce that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $2,478,109 in federal funds as partial reimbursement to Westchester County for repairs to Rye Playland’s North Boardwalk. The funding will help pay for repairs made to the recently reopened boardwalk, which had been closed since 2012 due to damage suffered during Superstorm Sandy.
“Rye Playland is one of the great jewels in my district and in all of Westchester,” said Rep. Engel. “It is enjoyed by families all throughout our region every year, which makes preserving it a top priority for me and my House colleagues who represent the county. Superstorm Sandy did a real number on the North Boardwalk, and making the necessary repairs has been a long process. County Executive Latimer and I were pleased to reopen the boardwalk to the public several weeks ago, and the arrival of these additional FEMA funds will help to reimburse the County for their outstanding work in making repairs. With plenty of time left this summer, I encourage everyone to go enjoy all that Playland has to offer!”
“As Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, I’m pleased to have helped secure federal funding for the boardwalk in Playland Park, which now will be better-prepared to withstand future storms,” said Rep. Lowey. “Families from throughout the region enjoy Playland, which is why repairing the damage from Superstorm Sandy has been a top priority. I will continue working to bring these essential federal resources to the Lower Hudson Valley.”
“Folks in Westchester know there’s nothing better than taking the kids down to the boardwalk and riding the dragon coaster at Playland– and I couldn’t be happier that it’s finally back,” said Rep. Maloney. “Thanks to George Latimer and our team down here in Washington, families in Westchester can go back to enjoying the park like they have for generations.”
“I am pleased to welcome Westchester residents back to this very special section of Playland Park,” said Westchester County Executive George Latimer. “Walking the boardwalk is a must do in the summer. I am so thankful to Congressman Engel, Congresswoman Lowey, and Congressman Maloney for their leadership. It’s been a long time coming, but the new boardwalk is here now and will be here for many more summers to come.”
SOURCE: Bryant Daniels, Director of Public Affairs, Congressman Eliot L. Engel.