$7.5 million guaranteed for USS The Sullivans repairs
BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) — On Friday morning, Sen. Charles Schumer announced $7.5 million in federal funding will go toward the repair of USS The Sullivan at Buffalo and Erie Naval and Military Park. USS The Sullivan partially sank in April due to a major breach in the ship’s hull. Buffalo and Erie Naval and Military Park President Paul Marzello told 7 News it was a great day for the park, the community and veterans across the country.
“Believe me, it’s brought a lot of joy to the Naval Park and the whole community,” Marzello said. “This is great news. Senator Schumer was here in the worst of times when the ship was partially sunk. He promised to do something to help us and today is verification that he is a man of his word. .”
$7.5 million is guaranteed for repairs to USS The Sullivans. Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park President and CEO Paul Marzello says the news brings great joy to the Naval Park and the entire community.
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Schumer secured a credit bill of $7.5 million to “complete repairs and fully restore the ship, ensuring the beloved landmark will remain canalside for generations.”
“This money will give us the opportunity to look at more expensive ways to save this ship,” Marzello said. “That is, possibly a cofferdam or dry-docking or all of those possibilities that we just didn’t have the resources to consider six to eight weeks ago.”
No decision will be made until appropriate personnel have been consulted, according to Marzello. A request for proposal has been submitted which will steer the naval and military fleet in the right direction.
“The request for proposals is a request for proposals and it was about finding a naval architect who has the expertise and credentials to look at the hull, not just of this vessel but all three vessels and make recommendations on what ‘they think is the best possible and most economical way to have a long-term preservation project for them,” Marzello said. “This tender was supposed to come in today (Friday), so have bids that have arrived. We will review them next week and we will make that decision. Once Naval Park gives us advice, we will make this next decision. use that money. »
Marzello told 7 News he was looking forward to the repairs being made.
“We had people from all over the country, including veterans who actually served on the ship who were actually just distraught, decimated, so heartbroken to see their ship in the condition it was in,” Marzello said. “I can’t wait to make those phone calls to them to let them know we have the resources now.”
“It’s a symbol of their sacrifice, so having this ship the way it is, sitting upright, sitting high out of the water and sitting proud to make sure their story is told is hugely important,” said Marzello said.