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Glen Cove ferry funds in reach after vote

A rendering of the proposed Glen Cove ferry

A rendering of the proposed Glen Cove ferry terminal, which is a major component of the city's waterfront revitalization, produced by Urbitran, an engineering, architecture and planning firm that is working with the city on the project. (Aug. 2, 2012) (Credit: Urbitran)

A Glen Cove resolution to accept federal funds for a ferry terminal project linked to the $1-billion revitalization of the city’s waterfront has been amended.

City Council members last week voted, 4-2, with one councilman absent, to list three more project identification numbers as portions of the ferry terminal’s Phase II to be covered by federal funding. The original resolution, which passed Jan. 22, listed just one project identification number.

“Had we known they wanted four, we would have put it in the first time,” Mayor Ralph Suozzi said.


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Glen Cove can now officially accept $2.3 million in Ferry Boat Discretionary Funding awarded by the Federal Highway Administration.

Glen Cove can also begin soliciting bids for the construction of Phase II — the terminal building itself — and Suozzi said he expects to go out to bid this month or next. Phase I, which included preparations such as installing utilities, is nearly complete.

The amended resolution reaffirms that $695,000 in Restore NY funding also is being used for the terminal.

Councilman Reginald Spinello, an Independence Party member, voted against both the amendment and the original resolution. He said Monday that he “was never on board with the ferry terminal,” because it’s too large-scale a project with too low a probability of success.

The City Council on Feb. 26 is to continue its public hearing on another aspect of the waterfront project, which is called Glen Isle. It will consider “vested rights” for the project developer.
 

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