Old train cars to be dropped off LI coast to boost artificial reef


ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced the condition will be dropping previous coach cars and trucks off the coastline of Lengthy Island Wednesday to help improve the area’s synthetic reef.

“We’re going to a very neat detail tomorrow, which is dropping rail cars into the reef — what’s known as Hempstead Reef — but it’s off Place Lookout, off Jones Seaside. A few miles out from Level Lookout and Jones Beach front,” Cuomo stated throughout an job interview on Lengthy Island News Radio Tuesday morning.

“It will assist the shoreline, it will assist tourism, it will aid top quality of daily life. Fishing is a significant offer, you know that I like to fish, diving is a huge deal. All the persons who appear to Extensive Island to get pleasure from that, so it’s extremely awesome.”

Cuomo defined he was reading an posting about “old vehicles that were getting up space” on a selection of railroad tracks.

“I termed them up and I claimed, ‘I have an thought. Give me your old vehicles,” he discussed.

“Wells Fargo is the corporation I referred to as, after I examine the newspaper post. They explained, ‘we have to phone me back.’ I reported, ‘Why do you have to get in touch with me back?’ They claimed, ‘We do not seriously believe we’re talking to Governor Cuomo.’ I explained, ‘Okay, dangle up. Get in touch with me again.’”

“Nobody known as and asked them for their outdated rail autos just before, they had been truly pretty sort to us, thank you Wells Fargo,” he included.

“The price is de minimis … we are dropping rail cars, previous ships that are no extended of use, we’re dropping a turbine, we’re dropping considerable buildings simply because these will final a very long time.”

There are currently quite a few gentleman-made reefs — some made by items of the previous Tappan Zee and Kosciuszko bridges — in the Extended Island Seem, two in Fantastic South Bay and eight in the Atlantic Ocean off the south shore of Lengthy Island, in accordance to the condition Section of Environmental Conservation.