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					             On Earth Day, Weiner Report Shows Republican Budget Proposal
                      Would Severely Harm New York’s Environment

The Republican FY ‘12 Budget Proposal Would Harm Gateway National Park

·      Funding to Gateway National Park’s would be cut by $2 million, a 13% cut from FY10
levels. (NYC IBO).
·      This would mean that there would be fewer park rangers in Gateway, especially in the
summer when the visitation to the park is at its peak. This puts visitor safety at risk and could
mean reduced visitor center and campsite hours. Park facilities would also deteriorate because
they do not have the funding or personnel needed to maintain them.

The Republican FY ’12 Budget Proposal Would Cut Funding to New York Area
Monuments and Historic Sites

·     Funding for the African Burial Ground National Monument would be cut by $2 million
·     Funding for the Castle Clinton National Monument would be cut by $19,000
·     Funding for the Federal Hall National Memorial would be cut by $115,000
·     Funding for the General Grant National Memorial would be cut by $270,000
·     Funding for the Governors Island National Monument would be cut by $120,000
·     Funding for the Hamilton Grange National Memorial would be cut by $4,000
·     Funding for the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site would be cut by
$11,000

The Republican FY ’12 Budget Proposal Would Cut Funding to the Statue of Liberty

·     The Statue of Liberty would lose $900,000 in funding for operating expenses, 80% of
which goes to personnel.

The Republican FY ‘12 Budget Proposal Would Harm Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways

·      Would cut the Army Corps of Engineers funding for the bay by nearly $400,000.
·      These cuts would jeopardize all of the beach replenishment that has been done over
the past decade by delaying the long-term prevention plan for storm-damage that is currently
underway. They would also delay the marshland restoration that has already occurred at some
of the islands in the Bay.

The Republican FY ‘12 Budget Proposal Puts New Yorkers’ Health at Risk

·     The Drinking Water Revolving Fund, which works to ensure that local residents receive
clean and safe drinking water, would be cut by $54.1 million for NYC. (NYC OMB)
·     The Clean Water Revolving Fund which works to ensures that local communities can
provide clean and sanitary wastewater treatment services for their residents would be cut by
$283 million for NYC. (NYC OMB)
Rep. Weiner, who has been endorsed numerous times by the New York League of
Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club, has worked tirelessly to protect the environment over
the course of his career in Congress. His district is home to Gateway National Recreation Area,
the nation’s largest urban national park.

From working to combat Jamaica Bay’s vanishing marshlands, to hosting the first Floyd Bennett
Field Blue Ribbon Panel to create recommendations on how to best improve one of the nation's
most-visited national recreation areas, guarding Brooklyn and Queens’ natural beauty has
always been at the forefront of Weiner’s agenda.

He has secured over $10 million in funding to replenish Rockaway beaches. This funding has
been used to prevent shoreline erosion and design a long-term storm damage prevention plan
through the use of groins and jetties. He secured an additional $6 million in funding to restore
Jamaica Bay marshland, including 42 acres at Elders Point East. A marshland restoration
project implemented by Rep. Weiner is underway at Elders Point West, with an additional 50
acres set to be restored at Yellow Bar Island.

Weiner has also secured over $14 million funding for Gateway National Park during his years in
Congress.

				
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Description: Today, to commemorate the 41st annual Earth Day, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D – Queens and Brooklyn) released a report highlighting the dangerous impact of the proposed Republican FY 2012 budget on New York City’s environment, which if implemented, would cut $54.1 million from the fund that ensures clean drinking water for the City and cut $2 million in funding from Gateway National Recreation Area, the country’s largest urban national park.