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Senator Schumer calls for New York port funds

New York Senator Charles E. Schumer is pushing for a multi-million-dollar investment to upgrade port infrastructure, ready to support offshore wind development. Supporting the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal’s bid for a grant of up to $200 million from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Schumer is standing with Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and environmental justice leaders.

We are here today because opportunity is knocking on Brooklyn’s door, and we want to answer it and help a new era of technology, jobs and clean energy come on through,”
said Senator Schumer. “With a little lift, Sunset Park Terminal can positon [sic] New York State to manufacture offshore wind technology while leading the way in clean energy. This site is primed to be up and running quickly with the right investment, providing New York a critical foothold in the offshore wind supply chain and its tremendous opportunities for new jobs. This also helps the state, too, because seventy-percent of New York’s electricity has to come from renewable resources by 2030 as part of the CLCPA [Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act] I helped push.”

Under the CLCPA, 70% of New York’s electricity must come from renewable sources by 2030.

The South Brooklyn Marine Terminal is city-owned and is one of eleven ports in New York State that has pre-qualified to be considered for funds up to $200 million (a mix of loan and grant funds). In a letter to Doreen Harris of NYSERDA, Schumer writes:

The South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT) is located in the largest Industrial Business Zone in New York City, and the largest waterfront site, and is well-suited to accommodate the shipping, construction, and maintenance needs of offshore wind instalments. Additionally, the SBMT is located in an environmental justice community and selecting the Sunset Park terminal would offer significant opportunities for job creation, workforce development, and overall economic investment in the community. As such, the project has strong support from local and environmental justice groups. Finally, New York City, which owns the site, has also committed to a $57 million investment for key upgrades of SBMT—a testament to the level of support for the robust proposal that is before you.”

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