LIDO BEACH, NY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo came to the South Shore today to oversee the start of the expansion of the largest artificial reef in state history off Long Island’s shore.

The state is dropping retired rail cars and boats into the water to expand the Hempstead Reef, which will improve the diversity of marine life in the area and help Long Island’s recreational fishing industry.The rail car that was dropped today was one of 75 that were donated by Wells Fargo Rail Corporation.

The rail car that was dropped today was one of 75 that were donated by Wells Fargo Rail Corporation. The state also sunk a 70-foot steel tugboat named “Jane.” As part of this first wave of reef expansion, the state is planning to drop 15 more rail cars and a steel turbine. The Hempstead Reef is a 744-acre site and is 3.3 nautical miles south of Jones Beach.

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