Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the money will go toward five projects — some already under way — including construction of a concrete floodwall, installation of gravity drains and the replacement of generators.
“Our goal is not to rebuild what was from Hurricane Sandy; our goal is to build back better than before,” Cuomo told reporters, including CBS 2’s Janelle Burrell.
“Together, these five projects will significantly reduct LaGuardia Airport’s vulnerability to storm-induced flooding,” Patrick Foye, executive director of the Port Authority, which runs the airport.
He added that while nearly $40 million is a lot of money, one day of lost service at the airport costs New York about $54 million.
LaGuardia was closed for three days after Sandy flooded the airport with 100 million gallons of seawater. Thirty-three hundred flights were canceled, disrupting 250,000 travelers. The airport is located between two bays on the East River.
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Cuomo said about $28 million of the costs will be covered by federal disaster recovery funds awarded to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
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