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Earlier this year, the WWII naval museum ship, a Buffalo treasure, began to sink after a severe hull breach; Schumer immediately came to Buffalo and began working to develop an all-hands-on-deck approach to saving WNY Landmark

The senator says the funding he got in the upcoming appropriations bill is the lifeboat the USS The Sullivans needs to carry out essential repairs to restore the ship and the waterfront

Schumer: It’s full steam ahead for Sullivans’ repair effort

After promising to help restore the USS The Sullivans After the ship tragically began to sink earlier this year, US Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer revealed today that he had secured $7.5 million in the bill to Just-announced Senate appropriations to fund repairs to the iconic landmark in Western New York during World War II. The money will go to Western New York after the appropriations bills pass through Congress later this year.

“In April, I issued an SOS to the federal authorities – Save Our Sullivans – and promised that everyone would be on deck until we secured the funding needed to restore that Buffalo pride and joy. Today, I am proud to report that hope is on the horizon to fully restore the USS The Sullivans and make sure she stays on Canalside as a beacon on Buffalo’s beautiful waterfront,” said Senator Schumer. “This funding is the lifeboat this historic vessel needs to complete its repairs, and I will continue to fight to guide us through these rocky waters and lead this vessel through the repair and restoration process to bring it to life. keep them safe and seaworthy for generations to come.”

“This investment will mean the restoration of USS The Sullivans and secure its place in Buffalo’s Naval and Military Park for generations to come,” said Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown. “I was proud to stand by Senator Schumer almost immediately after the ship began to sink and once again delivered for an iconic Buffalo institution.”

“When Senator Schumer visited the Naval Park after the ship’s hull ruptured, I knew we were in good hands,” said Paul Marzello, director of the Buffalo Naval and Military Park. “USS The Sullivans is stable and in safe hands, but long-term restoration work has yet to begin. With this funding, we will be able to ensure that all necessary repairs and improvements can be carried out and that the USS The Sullivans will remain a centerpiece of our facility for all time to come, honoring the brave men and women who served their country. This is exactly what we needed and Senator Schumer delivered everything he said he would do.

Immediately after the USS The Sullivans began to sink, Schumer came to Buffalo and stood outside the sinking ship to pledge his support for the veteran and the Western New York community to help secure funding federal to fix the landmark. The funding will go directly to ensure that this beloved vessel can be restored and remain on permanent display at Buffalo Naval and Military Park. Specifically, $2.5 million of the funding will come from the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Fund and $5 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Fund as once-directed Congressional spending. that Congress will have passed its annual appropriation bills. Schumer said the City of Buffalo and the Naval Park are currently receiving proposals from naval architecture firms with expertise helping unique museum institutions, like the USS The Sullivans, assess the condition and structural integrity of the hull of the vessel to determine the best course to follow. for repairs, and this funding will go directly to carrying out these efforts. The vessel, Schumer added, is currently stable and no longer poses an environmental hazard to Buffalo’s waterfront. However, the repairs made to her hull and interior were intended only to stabilize the vessel and do not represent an adequate or permanent repair.

In addition to lobbying for funds through the appropriations process, Senator Schumer is also exploring ways to ensure USS The Sullivans, the historic Buffalo Lighthouse and other historic marine facilities across the country have the funding they need for years to come by bolstering the National Maritime Heritage Grant Program available through the National Park Service. This funding could also be used for other ships in the naval and military fleet.

Commissioned in 1943, USS The Sullivans operated in the Pacific theater during World War II and is one of four remaining Fletcher-class destroyers in the world. The ship is named for the working-class Irish-American family who lost their five sons in the 1942 Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. She was decommissioned in 1965 and donated in 1977 to the City of Buffalo, where it remains a National Historic Landmark and has served as a memorial ship and museum ever since.


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