January 27, 2017
By Neal Tepel
Bronx, NY – Mayor de Blasio will include $275 million in the City’s preliminary budget for the reconstruction of the Rodman’s Neck facility in the East Bronx. Rodman’s Neck is the NYPD’s main training center.
The facility currently includes a number of gun ranges and bomb detonation areas. In recent years, the facility has been in a state of disrepair with a host of major problems including dilapidated buildings and soil contamination. There has also been a disturbing noise issue from gun fire and detonations that has harmed the quality of life in the neighboring communities of City Island, Country Club, and Throggs Neck.
“Rodman’s Neck has been in desperate need of a total reconstruction for years,” said Council Member James Vacca. “The existing facility is an antiquated relic that is basically falling apart. There are problems with the physical structures, soil contamination, and major noise issues affecting the surrounding communities. Securing funding for the reconstruction to remediate these issues has been my chief capital funding priority. I’m thrilled that the Mayor has prioritized the total rehabilitation of the Rodman’s Neck facility with $275 million in capital funding slated for the project. With this allocation, the NYPD will get the state of the art training facility that they deserve.”