Ulrich Announces Budget Appropriations
Despite limited resources from the State, and a lack of declining federal stimulus dollars, City Councilmember Eric A. Ulrich is proud to announce the adoption of the city’s budget for Fiscal Year 2011.
In response to the Mayor’s proposed cuts to various city agencies, the Council restorations are in keeping with the most critical services in the interest of protecting children, maintaining public safety and keeping libraries open. As a result of yesterday’s passage, more than 200 Administration Children’s Services (ACS) positions, as well as 3,000 preventive slots will be restored. Library service, a long standing priority of Speaker Quinn and Councilmember Ulrich, will be preserved across the City at five days a week. The budget agreement between Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council also includes funding to avoid the closure of more than two dozen fire companies across the city.
Ulrich also announced funding for dozens of local community groups and programs throughout the 32nd District, along with 18 capital projects totaling $4.2 million.
Ulrich said, “Unlike Albany, the City of New York has once again passed an on-time, balanced budget that does not include any tax increases. Thanks to years of responsible budgeting and smart planning, the city’s strong fiscal position has allowed us to avoid drastic cuts to areas that would have had a devastating impact on the lives of nearly every New Yorker.”
Capital projects funded within District 32 include: Installation of guardrails along Cross Bay Boulevard’s southbound approach to Broad Channel; Improvements at London Planetree Park, including a skate plaza, fitness equipment and refurbishment of the old basketball courts; Resurfacing and new fencing at the Rockaway Beach handball courts; Fifteen security cameras at John Adams High School; Sidewalk repair and tree planting throughout the district totaling $1.2 million.
Ulrich has also secured funding for technology projects at the following public schools: John Adams HS, MS 137, MS 202, MS 210, PS 108, PS 146, PS 317, PS 60, PS 63 and PS/MS 47. In addition, electrical upgrades at PS 207 and funding for a new science lab at PS 232 are included in the budget.
Through discretionary spending allocations, funding is also earmarked for the following community groups and programs that serve the district and borough:
Bridge to Life, Inc., Broad Channel Volunteers, Corporal John Ruoff American Legion Post No. 632, Disaster Chaplaincy Services, The Doe Fund, Federation of Hindu Mandirs, Forest Park Trust, Franklin K. Lane HS, Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation, Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula (youth basketball program), Lindenwood Community Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Metropolitan New York Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty (MET Council), New Hamilton Beach Civic Association, Point Breezy Volunteer Fire Department, Queens Symphony Orchestra, Rockaway Music and Arts Council, Rockaway Partnership, Rockaway Point Volunteer Emergency Services, Rockaway Theatre Company, Roxbury Volunteer Emergency Services, Vietnam Veterans of America - Queens Chapter #32, West Hamilton Beach Volunteers, Woodhaven Intramural Soccer Club, Woodhaven Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Broad Channel Athletic Club, The Cheer Foundation, Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, Millennium Development Corporation, Blessed Trinity Parish (for senior services), Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services (to support four local senior centers), Forest Park Senior Citizens Center, Jewish Association for Services for the Aged (JASA), Locust Grove Civic Association of Queens County, Queensboro Council for Social Welfare, Southeast Queens Multiservice Senior Citizens Center, St. Camillus Golden Age Club, St. Francis de Sales, St. Virgilius Golden Age, United Hindu Cultural Council of USA, Bobbi and the Strays, Howard Beach Columbus Day Foundation, Nativity BVM Youth Basketball League, New York Families for Autistic Children, New York Junior Tennis League, Our Lady of Grace (youth soccer camp), Ozone Howard Little League, Rockaway Artists Alliance, Rockwood Park Basketball League, South Queens Boys and Girls Club and Works Little League.
In addition, funding has been secured for SAT prep courses at John Adams, Franklin K. Lane, Scholars’ Academy, Channel View School for Research, Robert H. Goddard High School of Communication Arts and Technology and Beach Channel High School. Other projects and programs include movie and family nights offered through the Parks Department, and 50 premium trash cans will be installed along 101 Avenue.
In all, Ulrich secured approximately $576,000 in discretionary funding to support local initiatives. This is almost double the amount of local funding the Councilmember secured in last year’s budget. New York City’s fiscal year begins on July 1 and ends on June 30.