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New York, New Jersey storm protection projects chosen

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, center, is joined on stage by Mayor Bill de Blasio, far left, Rockefeller Foundation Vice President Zia Khan, second from left, Sen. Charles Schumer, second from right, and Governor Andrew Cuomo, far right, at the Jacob Riis Houses on Monday. Donovan announced the winners of four designs as a part of the “Rebuild by Design” competition, to protect the New York City region from a storm like Superstorm Sandy. AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

Associated Press

Federal officials say they'll fund a series of designs to protect the New York City and New Jersey region from storms like Sandy.

One project creates an 8-mile system of dykes around low-lying parts of Manhattan.

Another protects a key food market in the Bronx while a third would help drain stretches of Long Island.

Artificial islands will also be created along the New York and New Jersey coast to blunt the force of storm surges.

The projects will cost more than $500 million.

They were chosen from a pool of finalists as a part of the "Rebuild by Design" competition created by President Barack Obama's Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force.

The first set of winners was announced Monday in Manhattan by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan.

June 2, 2014 - 3:45pm


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