2006-07-07 / Community

Addabbo: Something For Everyone In Budget

City Council Member Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. believes the New York City Budget for Fiscal Year 2007 contains "something for everyone in the district."

The budget covers the period of July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007 and contains approximately $53 billion in expenditures to run the city and its services. The budget addresses and funds quality public education, programs to educate theworkforce, safeguarding the 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 directly 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, Beach Channel High School, MS 183 and PS 256 will receive funding for updated computers, and PS 47 will receive funding for classroom renovations. Funding was provided for school nurses for fall and summer sessions. The Teacher's Choice Program was also funded with an additional $2 million dollars for reimbursement of supplies and CUNY schools received additional funding.

Addabbo also included funds to Peninsula Hospital for construction and relocation of inpatient dialysis unit, a new HVAC for the operating room and a new security system.

Money was allocated for libraries to be maintained at their current level of operation with some branches going to six days a week.

Beautification and park improvements are included in the FY07 budget.Budget monies will be allocated to the D.O.E. Fund to continue cleaning Beach 116 Street. Across the city, the budget included money for seasonal park workers to keep the parks clean and in good repair and more park enforcement officers for security. The councilman also noted increased funding for tree pruning and stump removal. Included in the budget was funding to provide additional litter basket collections.

"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. The senior centers funded by Addabbo were: St. Camillus Golden Age, St. Rose of Lima Golden Age, St. Virgillius Golden Age, Seaside Senior Center, Rockaway Park Senior Center, and Trinity Senior Services and Transportation. Citywide, seniors received allocations for transportation services and crime victim assistance. Citymeals on Wheels Program received additional funding with an increase in funds for senior meal allowances.

Cultural programs and groups such as the Rockaway Artists 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.

Other organizations that will receive budget funding at Addabbo's request are: the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corp (RDRC), Broad Channel Athletic Club, Rockaway Partnership, 100th Police Precinct Explorers, The Graybeards, Beach Channel Crew Team, Broad Channel Civic, Wave Runners Basketball, Rockaway Rugby and funding for the CUNY Program in Rockaway to provide college preparation courses and computer training in Rockaway.

Councilman Addabbo noted that there will be funding in the budget for boardwalk faade replacement along Shore Front Parkway and $1 million for the new YMCA center in the Rockaways.

Councilman Addabbo urges residents to call his office if they should have any questions regarding the FY07 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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