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Feds agree to hold LI hearing on Sound tidal gates, Rep. Thomas Suozzi says

Rep. Thomas Suozzi, seen in Greenvale on Monday.

Rep. Thomas Suozzi, seen in Greenvale on Monday. Credit: Howard Schnapp

ALBANY — Long Islanders will get a chance to weigh in on a proposal to install massive tidal gates on Long Island Sound as part of efforts to protect New York City from flooding, Rep. Thomas Suozzi said Tuesday.

The Army Corps of Engineers will hold the hearing within 45 days, although a specific date hasn’t been set yet. The corps will also extend the deadline for public comment another 45 days after that.

Souzzi (D-Glen Cove) last week had called on the Army Corps to allow a public hearing for Long Islanders on the project.

The proposal would build massive tidal gates on the North Shore and be used in dramatic weather events and rising sea levels. The Army Corps has said tidal gates have worked for decades in Stamford, Connecticut; Bedford, Massachusetts; and Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The gates would be closed for a few hours during a major storm or high tide, and otherwise would remain open or stored underwater.

“The people who live along our North Shore in Queens and Nassau counties need to know all the ramifications of these proposed tidal gates,” Suozzi said.

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