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Holden secures record funding for district

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Posted: Monday, June 24, 2019 3:10 pm

Councilman Bob Holden (D-Middle Village) says he has secured a record amount of funding for the second straight year, with District 30 receiving $11 million in capital spending in the fiscal year 2020 budget, along with an additional $3.65 million from the Queens borough president.

Some highlights include more than $4.7 million toward schools including $1 million from City Council Speaker Corey Johnson (D-Manhattan) for supplemental cooling in the PS 91 auditorium; $670,000 for supplemental cooling at PS 88; $600,000 for a cafeteria renovation at Grover Cleveland High School; and $500,000 for supplemental cooling at PS 71.

Other projects receiving funding are the renovation of Evergreen Playground, which will get $500,000 plus an additional $2 million from Johnson; a partial renovation of the Onderdonk House in Ridgewood, with $253,000; $200,000 to alleviate flooding at Maspeth Town Hall; and $178,000 for the continued cleanup initiative by Wildcat Service Corp., with an increase to five days of service per week and additional routes.

“This capital will ensure immense improvements to our local schools, enrichment of our parks and strong support for community organizations that work tirelessly to make this district a great place to live and work,” Holden said in a statement.

Other expense funds will provide additional sanitation pickups for free public waste bins, free events in the community, transportation initiatives for seniors, after-school programs, youth sports programs and programs at senior centers.

Holden did say that he was “disappointed” that the budget didn’t include property tax relief for homeowners.

“While I am thrilled to have this increase in funding, it is astonishing to see the citywide budget soar to nearly $93 billion,” Holden said. “I am disappointed that such a large budget still does not include property tax relief for our homeowners and I will continue to fight for such reforms on behalf of the middle class.”

The budget has steadily increased and is $20.1 billion higher than Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s final one in 2013.

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