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Vallone Hails Budget, Funds Help Services Throughout District 19

Now that the City budget has been made official, the breakdown of who is getting what is out in the open.
In District 19, the northeast Queens area covered by Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside), priorities have gone to the neighborhood schools, senior centers and parks, with funding also taking care of dozens of other needed services.

The public schools in the district received a significant chunk of change from the councilman’s capital funding allocations. Each school in the district received a base of $50,000, with several institutions getting additional funds.

PS 184 is getting $200,000 to renovate its playground.A total of $250,000 will go to JHS 185 for electrical and technology improvements. Technology upgrades for PS 31, PS 32 and Bayside High School will cost $120,000, $100,000 and $155,000, respectively. PS 209 will get an improved gym and auditorium at a cost of $169,000.

“I was determined to protect, preserve and enhance our students’ futures,” Vallone said.

A large capital funding allocation is also going to MacNeil Park, which will receive $100,000 to improve its seawall and seawall fencing and to repair the walking path. Poppenhusen, Whitestone and Auburndale Libraries will also each get $86,000 for security system upgrades.

Vallone used his discretionary funding to help dozens of social services, cultural institutions and community centers in his district. Many senior centers, such as the CCNS Bayside Senior Center, the Angelo Petromelis Senior Center, the North Flushing Senior Center and Selfhelp Community Services, received a bump in funding between $5,000 and $10,000.

Other locations that received funding included the Samuel Field YM & YWHA, to which Vallone gave $17,500 for a senior transportation service and $10,000 for programs that help autistic children.

The councilman also gave $20,000 to the Bayside BID for a feasibility study to convert the DOT lot into multilevel parking structure and $7,500 to replace the roof of the College Point Community Ambulance Corps headquarters.

“The fiscal budget for 2015 includes critical new initiatives that will improve the lives of all New Yorkers and is a clear victory for our communities. Our district can proudly say we are once again a priority as we stand tall in Northeast Queens,” Vallone said.

See full story at Queens Tribune.