2005-07-08 / Community

Addabbo: Budget Has Something For Locals

City Council Member Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., recently announced that he believes the New York City Budget for Fiscal Year 2006 (FY06) contains something for everyone in the district. The budget covers the period of July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2006 and contains approximately $50 billion in expenditures to run the city and its services. The budget addresses and funds quality public education, programs to educate the workforce, safe streets, critical city services, adequate fire protection, affordable health care, clean neighborhoods, well maintained parks, effective economic development and vibrant cultural institutions. “Since two thirds of the budget is made up from local city taxes, fines, and fees I feel that people should know how the budget affects them in their own community.” Addabbo stated.  Each year Addabbo seeks to provide specific funding for services and programs that would benefit the people of his district and he has done so again this year.  According to the councilman, every city school in the district receives funding over the course of two years. This year Channel View School for Research and 180 Scholars Academy will receive funding for updated computers. Addabbo included funding for an after school program at St. Virgilius run by the YMCA in the budget as well.  There was also an increased allocation for additional school crossing guards in the budget. Generally, Queens Library received over $8 million in the budget, which Addabbo hopes will equate to improved hours of operation for our local libraries. Locally, the Broad Channel (fire alarm), Peninsula (security lighting) and Seaside (air conditioning) library branches will receive funding. Beautification and park improvements are included in the FY06 budget.  Addabbo allocated funding for the continued development of Tribute Park. Across the city, the budget included money for seasonal park workers to keep our parks clean and in good repair. The councilman also noted increased funding for tree pruning and stump removal.  Included in the budget was a restoration of $2 million to provide additional litter basket pick ups in business areas. “Senior centers play such an important part of our community life.” Addabbo expressed while explaining the reasoning behind funding each senior center in his district.  Citywide, seniors received allocations for transportation services, crime victim assistance, and Citymeals on Wheels.  Once again, Councilman Addabbo, with the assistance of Speaker Gifford Miller, has continued the funding of the Trinity Senior Services. Cultural programs and groups such as the Rockaway Artist Alliance, Rockaway Museum, Rockaway Music and Arts Council, Rockaway Theatre Company, and Peninsula Performing Arts Conservatory will receive funding from the councilman in the budget. Addabbo made budget allocations for the Broad Channel, Point Breezy, Rockaway Point, and Roxbury volunteer fire departments in addition to their workers compensation support.  He also understands that the $300,000 for the proposed Rockaway ferry service subsidy is still included in the budget. Councilman Addabbo urges people to call his office if they should have any questions regarding the FY06 Budget. Addabbo has already started compiling funding ideas and requests for the next city budget. “It’s never too early to prepare for ways on improving each community in the district.” the councilman noted.  Addabbo encourages residents to get involved in the city budget process due to its importance in providing services to the area. Councilman Addabbo can be contacted at 718-318-6411.

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