By Domenick Rafter
Editor In Chief
Less than a month after the City Council passed the city’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget, members of the Queens delegation are spending the summer highlighting items in it for their districts.
Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) said the budget allocated $14 million to his district, including funds to renovate several parks and fund music and upgrades to several Northeast Queens schools.
“As promised, I’ve continued working hand in hand with my fellow elected officials and have been able to ensure that my constituents finally begin to receive their fair share of funding,” Vallone said. “This year’s budget is another clear victory for our communities and will go a long way to continue making our schools, parks, libraries and non-profits the best they can be.”
Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) announced that the budget allocated $13 million in Capital funds for the district including $3.7 million to schools and almost $3 million to upgrades at Kissena Corridor Park and Maple playground and security cameras.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) announced that he had secured $685,000 for local community groups, civic associations, senior centers, volunteer fire departments, athletic leagues, veterans organizations, and other local groups in our community. Some of the grant recipients include: Ulrich secured $5 million in capital funds for 30 capital projects within the district, half of which, $2.51 million, was designated through the Participatory Budgeting Project held earlier this year.
“Above all, this year’s budget keeps New Yorkers and their families safe and protects the vital services we all rely upon,” Ulrich said. “It also provides funding for local groups that serve my constituents in every corner of the district. Since taking office, I have made sure that we receive our fair share of city services and resources in the budget. This year is no exception.”
A full PDF with all the allocated budget items can be found on our website at queenstribune.com