The New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that the City is providing around $28m to Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH) to fund major resiliency measures.

The fund is being provided as part of a resiliency programme, to be used at the Ocean Breeze and Prince’s Bay campuses, which are situated in flood-prone areas of the Island.

During Hurricane Sandy, flood water came within inches of the hospital’s facilities.

SIUH executive director Donna Proske said: "SIUH is grateful for the leadership and dedication Mayor de Blasio has shown us by investing in SIUH’s critical infrastructure.

"SIUH is grateful for the leadership and dedication Mayor de Blasio has shown us by investing in SIUH’s critical infrastructure."

"This $28m investment will certainly ensure the continued vitality of our institution, as it will help to protect Staten Islanders during times of extreme weather."

The hospital has planned a $40m resiliency programme, in collaboration with Borough president James Oddo and the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency .

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Around $23.2m is planned to be used to upgrade building power and mechanical systems at the Ocean Breeze campus, while $12.1 is to be used for the Prince’s Bay campus.

The hospital received $12m from the State, under the Federal Emergency Management Agency Hazard Mitigation Grant Program in May.

Mr Oddo said: "In this instance, the joy of this moment is only outpaced by the relief that SIUH is getting the help it needs to ensure it will be there for Staten Islanders, even during the most critical of times."