Federal and State Agencies Agree To Extend Glen Cove’s Ferry Service Implementation Date

Ferry Service Now Slated To Begin May, 2020

January 29, 2019, Glen Cove, NY…Glen Cove Mayor Tim Tenke received official notification from the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) that the city’s request to extend the Ferry Service Implementation date to May 22, 2020 was approved by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).  “We are grateful for the approval of NYSDOT and FHWA to extend the start date of our Glen Cove Ferry Service and for their support of our action plan,” said Mayor Tenke. “With the Herb Hill/Garvies Point Road and the Garvies Point Redevelopment Projects under construction, this extension is critical as we want to ensure that our future ferry passengers have full access to our ferry facilities and have an optimal ferry travel experience.”

This important announcement ends the speculation that the City of Glen Cove would be accountable for a $16 million-dollar claw back if the City of Glen Cove did not have a ferry operator in place by this month.  “We are fortunate that Governor Cuomo, Senator Schumer, Congressman Suozzi, Glen Cove City Council, Glen Cove Industrial Development Agency and Garvies Point redeveloper RXR Realty have taken the time to support our city’s efforts to align the start of our Ferry Service with the completion of critical construction projects,” added Mayor Tenke.

Next steps for Mayor Tenke will be the issuing of a Request for Proposal for a ferry operator and pursuing special subsidies to help offset costs of ferry operations.  As Mayor Tenke points out, the majority of New York transportation services are subsidized by the state and Glen Cove would continue to investigate potential subsidies to help underwrite the cost of operations and ticket costs.