The U.S. Senate is set to vote on a Hurricane Sandy aid bill on Monday evening, and Sen. Charles Schumer said Sunday the bill would provide more than $1 billion to protect the coastlines of the city and Long Island.
Schumer said the bulk of the coastline recovery money would pay for several projects by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that have been approved but never started.
They include building seawalls and protective dunes and restoring beaches along the coasts of Staten Island, Coney Island and the Rockaways.
Schumer said the Army Corps needs to get to work as soon as the funding is secured.
"Much of our south shore, in Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island is denuded, naked, vulnerable to another, god forbid, Sandy-like storm or even a storm of lesser severity," the senator said. "The quicker we move, the safer hundreds of thousands of people will be and the less likely we'll have the same kind of damage."
Schumer said he is cautiously optimistic that the Sandy aid bill will get the support it needs to pass the Senate.