Glen Cove seeks $2.7M for ferry terminal

Sen. Charles Schumer on Capitol Hill. (Dec. 17,

Sen. Charles Schumer on Capitol Hill. (Dec. 17, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

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Glen Cove needs one last, large injection of federal funds to complete construction of a ferry terminal and boat basin that would serve the first commuter ferry between Long Island and New York City, officials said Thursday.

The $2.7 million requested last month from the Federal Highway Administration would go toward the terminal building, said K. Kelly Morris, executive director of Glen Cove's community development agency.

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"We're just looking for that last push so we can put the building itself on top of the foundation and open up for business," Morris said.

The effort received a boost Thursday from Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) who urged the requested funds be granted.

In a letter to Federal Highway Administration Administrator Victor Mendez, Schumer wrote: "New ferry routes would provide an important service to commuters, and will create a vital link for tourists and business travelers between Long Island and New York City."

The first phase of construction -- including dredging the creek and laying the building foundation -- is on schedule to be complete by May, Morris said.

It was paid for with $11 million in federal stimulus funds and more than $3 million previously granted by the Federal Highway Administration.

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