City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) has received more money in discretionary funds than any other council member in Queens, with $1.1 million, which he says will go to programs for seniors, young people and arts and culture groups.
The lawmaker, who is the head of the Queens delegation, said he received $3 million in requests from organizations in his district, and he plans to be evenhanded when doling out the cash.
“I work with programs that have a good track record and have a history of making positive changes in the community,” Comrie said. “But there are going to be a lot of tough choices.”
The lawmaker said he has consistently received the most discretionary funds since he was elected to the City Council and made head of the Queens delegation. He attributes the large sum to many factors including helping other council members in their districts, having a close relationship with Speaker Christine Quinn and representing a high-needs area.
Comrie said his district lacks after-school programs, senior centers, supplemental services for students and only has one open public swimming pool in the summer.
“The $1.1 million is just a ripple in the water when compared to the many needs of the district,” Comrie said.