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  • September

    ARMY CORPS DREDGING OPERATIONS COMMENCE ON LONG ISLAND

    Looking out from a walkway in Davis Park, a community on New York’s Fire Island, a barrier island off Long Island’s south shore, dredgers pump sand onto the shore and spread by bulldozers at a steady clip. Seems simple enough. Not quite; much takes place before a grain of sand reaches shore.
  • July

    District Shares Water-Resource Missions at Waterfront Festival

    The New York District participated in the 12th Annual City of Water Day, a free harbor-wide event with a variety of activities celebrating some 1,600 miles of coastline in the New York region. Sponsored by the Waterfront Alliance, a nonprofit agency advocating public involvement in water-based activities, the event brought together the public, water enthusiasts and families interested in harbor activities amid a carnival-like atmosphere with water as the main attraction.
  • May

    Home Relocations Make Way For Coastal Restoration Project, Dunes

    Thinking about physically relocating a home often conjures up images of a huge structure on a flatbed truck with a police escort and the words “Wide-Load” emblazoned on the back. This spring, the New York District is relocating several homes a much shorter distance (20-40 feet), but it’s a no less complicated task.
  • Army Corps Looks Out For Threatened Species While Executing Critical Missions

    On a blustery spring morning, Jeffrey Fry, a biologist in New York District’s Environmental Analysis Branch, Planning Division, travels to Great Kills Park on the south shore of Staten Island, with binoculars, spotting scope (a portable high-power telescope), field guide and waterproof boots.
  • March

    Career Fair Draws Interest, Job Offers Extended

    With the New York District below full staffing levels largely due to a wave of retirements, Commander Col. Thomas Asbery implemented an innovative method to hire staff more quickly than the usual tedious process, which can take up to 120 days. He found the solution by using the federal government’s Direct-Hire Authority (DHA) and a District career fair.
  • Small Business Industry Day Attracts 40 Companies

    In an effort to engage the business community, the New York District held a Small Business Industry Day in Lower Manhattan attracting 60 representatives from over 40 companies around the region and informing them on requirements and how to do business with the U.S Army Corps of Engineers. Importance of Small Business Lt. Col. Richard Gussenhoven, Deputy Commander, during his introduction, emphasized the types of services the District contracts out and the need for more women-owned businesses and Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) firms. HUBZone is a program administered by the Small Business Administration that creates incentives for the federal government to contract with businesses operating and creating jobs in communities with economic needs.
  • December

    Experience, teamwork Aide Emergency Response to Pacific Ocean Super Typhoon

    Several members of the Army Corps’ New York District’s Critical Public Facilities Team deployed to the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) in the North Pacific Ocean. Charged with maintaining life and sustainability functions in federally-declared disaster areas, the team supported the Federal Emergency Management Agency and provided temporary classrooms for 1,500 students. This was done because their schools were severely damaged when 180-MPH winds from Super Typhoon Yutu struck the region in October.
  • Army Corps Builds Combination of Features to Withstand Force of Atlantic

    Work continues on the District’s Fire Island to Moriches Inlet (FIMI) coastal-storm risk reduction project on Fire Island in Suffolk County repairing a 19-mile stretch of coastline from erosion and damage from Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The $281 million project includes placing seven million cubic yards of sand, demolishing nearly 50 structures, installing more than 40 vehicle and pedestrian crossovers for beach access, building several miles of dunes with plantings, and relocating a water line. FIMI is 100 percent funded through the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 (PL 113-2) repairing damage from Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
  • July

    Army Corps Shares Its Waterborne Mission at Event in Downtown Manhattan

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District takes part in City of Water Day in Manhattan, New York.
  • March

    Army Corps Employee receives Division-level award for service

    Bill Wright (CO-NP), a mechanical engineer in the New York District’s Construction Division for six years managing construction projects at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey and maintaining the highest performance ratings for his work, has received the Hard Hat of the Year Award from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, North Atlantic Division (NAD), recognizing exceptional performance in the construction field.
  • January

    Army Corps Senior Geographer receives Commander’s Award for Civilian Service

    Jeff Cusano (PL-E), a senior geographer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ New York District with over 20 years’ experience creating maps, has received the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service for superior service and exceptional devotion to the District’s Planning Division.
  • December

    Army Corps employee receives Commander’s Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award

    Robert Smith (PL-E), a biologist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District for 15
  • Logistics Management: Much more than vehicles

    When many in the New York District think of Logistics Management, vehicles usually come to mind:
  • Army Corps employee Receives NY Federal Executive Board Award for Valor

    Richard Dabal (PL-E), a physical scientist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ New York District
  • Army Corps' New York District Receives Army Superior Unit Ward for Sandy Recovery

    NEW YORK — On November 24, a standing-room-only crowd of several hundred District employees filled
  • November

    USACE Employee Milton Ricks honored with Federal Executive Board Award

    Milton Ricks, a civil engineer and 15-year District employee in the Engineering Management Branch,
  • Archaeological dig becomes outdoor learning for middle schoolers in New Jersey

    Sometimes learning opportunities present themselves unexpectedly. Thanks to Lynn Rakos (PL-E), an
  • October

    Army Corps employee recognized for service commitment

    Courtney McCathern, a legal instruments examiner in the Regulatory Branch of the Operations Division for nearly four years, recently received the Distinguished Government Service Award from the New York City Federal Executive Board for her dedication and commitment to public service at a formal ceremony in Lower Manhattan. The Federal Executive Board provides opportunities for federal agencies to collaborate and share information on key issues, and has 28 offices across the U.S.
  • September

    Army Corps employee recognized for administrative excellence

    Earlier this year, Jessica Novick, a procurement technician, was presented with the Outstanding
  • New York District FEST-A returns from Afghanistan to rousing homecoming

    On September 16, the District’s Forward Engineering Support Team – Advance (FEST-A), returned from a