Borough President James Oddo along with Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Economic Development Corporation have announced the funding of necessary electrical and lighting work at the Postcards 9/11 Memorial in St. George to permanently illuminate the space for Staten Islanders who visit the public site to honor those who were killed 20 years ago. Because of the memorial’s location on the waterfront, year-round lighting had been a challenge to implement and maintain.
"The Postcards Memorial offers a place of solace and reflection and is an important place for our community. While the close proximity to the water is challenging for light infrastructure, we have always been committed to supporting the maintenance of the site and hosting the memorial ceremony on Sept. 11 each year,” said Borough President Oddo. “We were alerted just a few days before this year's ceremony that the lighting had gone out and we immediately worked with EDC to create a temporary solution. I'm pleased to announce a permanent solution will be established very soon and I want to thank the Mayor and Rachel Loeb for their quick, thoughtful response on this so that we can continue to make this a special place for Staten Islanders."
Throughout the years, saltwater intrusion has caused significant damage to the original underground lighting, which is now in constant need of attention and repair.
“Over the years, we have worked to keep the Postcards Memorial well maintained so families can visit to honor and remember loved ones, friends, and neighbors. Securing this funding to permanently fix the lighting was a top priority, and we plan to start on the work as soon as possible,”said NYCEDC President and CEO Rachel Loeb. “The memorial will always be a shining tribute to the fallen."
The site will have limited access during this important construction work, and the public will be notified as soon as we have a more detailed construction timeline.