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Long Island REDC and Port Jefferson Hold Ribbon Cutting and Dedication Ceremony for Harborwalk Project and Mayor Jeanne Garant Harborfront Park

(September 04, 2013)

Long Island REDC and Port Jefferson Hold Ribbon Cutting and Dedication Ceremony for Harborwalk Project and Mayor Jeanne Garant Harborfront Park

The Long Island Regional Economic Development Council today announced that the Village of Port Jefferson held a ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication for Mayor Jeanne Garant Harborfront Park and the final phase of the Harborwalk Project. The local waterfront revitalization project, which is moving forward on the strength of $206,530 in awards from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Council initiative, is a Regional Council priority project that will provide visitors with waterfront access from the park to the Village Center.

“The completion of the Harborwalk will increase activity along the Port Jefferson waterfront and provide the public with full access to everything the Harborfront Park has to offer,” said LIREDC Co-chairs Kevin Law, President of Long Island Association and Stuart Rabinowitz, President of Hofstra University. “Waterfront revitalization is important to the Long Island economy as the coasts are home to many of our top tourist destinations. Projects like this will encourage more visitors and lead to new jobs and economic opportunities. On behalf of the Long Island Regional Council, congratulations to the Village of Port Jefferson for completing the Harborwalk Project and developing an attractive waterfront destination for the community and visitors alike.”

“The Department of State has been a long-time supporter of Port Jefferson‘s waterfront revitalization,” said Secretary of State Cesar Perales. “Harborfront Park and the Harborwalk provide a unique economic opportunity for the village as it attracts thousands of visitors to its beautiful waterfront. The completion of the Harborwalk made possible with Local Waterfront Revitalization grants will allow for full access to the entire harbor and will ensure that Port Jefferson continues to be a tourist destination for years to come.”

The Village of Port Jefferson Harborwalk Project provides direct pedestrian connection and public access to the shoreline that connects directly to the Haborfront Park and Village Center. Completion of Harborwalk will result in 2,115 feet of contiguous shoreline promenade along Port Jefferson Village’s waterfront.

“We are honored to have New York Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales personally join us to acknowledge the completion of the Harborfront Park Master Plan and help celebrate its dedication to former Mayor Jeanne Garant,” said Port Jefferson Mayor Margot Garant. “Harborfront Park has become a destination for locals and visitors to Long Island, where they can explore our rich maritime history while enjoying a magnificent sunset.”

The completion of Harborwalk includes installation of a green planting strip along the edge of the boardwalk which will provide a buffer to prevent water runoff into the Port Jefferson Harbor from an adjacent parking lot; an oculus at the corner of Harborwalk so that patrons can appreciate and enjoy the sea flow; a permanent cable railing to ensure safety and encourage contiguous access to the remaining 400 linear feet of the park; a circular seating area trellised above the oculus which compliments and serves as a circular beacon in Harborfront Park and appropriate lighting along the walkway which will provide safe access after dark.

The Harborwalk will enable the public and thousands of visitors to fully access and appreciate the Harborfront Park, including the park, recreation area and surrounding maritime environment. The planning, design and construction of the Haborwalk and Harborwalk Park was supported through more than $2 million in Department of State Environmental Protection Fund Local Waterfront Revitalization Program grants.

In 2011, Governor Cuomo redefined the State’s approach to economic development by establishing 10 Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC) across the State. The REDC and Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process have transformed economic development in New York State, creating a statewide framework for bottom-up regional economic growth. The Village of Port Jefferson was awarded $100,000 in the first round and $106,530 in the second round of the Regional Council and CFA initiative from the Department of State’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.

The Department of State works in partnership with more than 300 communities across New York State through the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program, from Sag Harbor on Long Island’s east end to Buffalo along Lake Erie, to address numerous waterfront issues, such as economic development, protecting natural resources, and enhancing public access opportunities.

"I am pleased to cut the ribbon today at Harborfront Park for the final phase of the Harborwalk Project,” said Brookhaven Town Supervisor Edward P. Romaine. “This project will provide the public with waterfront access from the Park to the Village Center. It will provide 2,115 feet of contiguous shoreline promenade along Port Jefferson Village's waterfront. This is a good use of taxpayer money, which will result in beautifying the village, providing the public with waterfront access and stimulating the local economy."

The Regional Economic Development Council initiative is a key component of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s transformative approach to State investment and economic development. The Councils are public-private partnerships composed of local experts and stakeholders from business, academia, local government, and non-governmental organizations. The Regional Councils have redefined the way New York invests in jobs and economic growth by putting in place a community-based, bottom up approach and establishing a competitive process for State resources. As a result of the first two rounds of awards, $1.5 billion in resources have been awarded to support more than 1,400 regionally significant economic development and community revitalization projects that are creating or helping to retain an estimated 75,000 jobs across the Empire State and generating investments to grow the economy.

For more information on the regional councils, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov.

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