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December 11, 2009

House Approves Bill Bolstering NYC’s Working Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) secured $2.65 million in federal dollars to help rejuvenate the local economy and enhance the quality of life for New Yorkers.  Aimed at creating jobs, strengthening education, increasing healthcare resources and supporting entrepreneurs, the funding will be directed to local community organizations supporting these efforts.  The funds were included in H.R. 3288, the Fiscal Year 2010 Omnibus Appropriations conference report, legislation the U.S. House of Representatives approved yesterday by a vote of 221-202.  The U.S. Senate is expected to approve the Omnibus Appropriations measure in the coming week, after which it will be sent to the President to be signed into law. 

“Today’s economic security depends on addressing the local needs in neighborhoods across the country,” Rep. Velázquez said. “The funding provided though H.R. 3288 will help our community organizations provide New Yorkers job training, educational opportunities and other vital resources. By investing in them, we are investing in New York’s economy and securing the path to recovery.”   

Following is a list of projects that Congresswoman Velázquez secured funding for in the FY 2010 Omnibus bill:

  • Good Shepherd Services: $250,000 to support year-round, after-school programs for at-risk youth to promote individual, family and community development. 
  • Kentler International Drawing Space, Inc.: $100,000 to support and expand arts education programs for at-risk children and teenagers in Brooklyn. 
  • Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services: $350,000 to enhance the social and emotional functioning of at-risk youth in elementary and high schools and prevent at-risk behaviors that often lead to addiction and violence, as well as to train counselors and other school employees.
  • Brooklyn Hispanic Chamber of Commerce: $60,000 to extend its “Business Incubator” programs that educate communities on how to run and manage small businesses.
  • New York Industrial Retention Network: $60,000 to provide technical assistance and financing to manufacturers who are seeking to implement energy conservation projects.
  • Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation: $80,000 for the organization’s “Plan Ahead Brooklyn” program, which provides technical workshops to link industrial businesses with the resources they need to develop long-term plans for sustainable business growth.
  • El Puente: $500,000 to develop a community health institute and wellness center where Brooklyn youth and their families can receive assistance with disease prevention and management.
  • Make the Road New York: Make the Road New York: $200,000 to support an English and Economic Literacy Project, which provides language and financial education in low-income, primarily immigrant communities. 
  • St. Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation Corporation: $150,000 to establish a workforce program that provides training in environmental remediation and commercial driver’s license operation, and connects employers with job seekers. 
  • Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation: $450,000 for improvements to the Moore Street Market, known as “La Marqueta.”  These resources will help the organization create stalls for additional vendors, build a shared commercial kitchen space for food vendors, construct a community meeting space, and improve the building’s energy efficiency.
  • Brooklyn Heights Association: $450,000 to reinstall historic lighting in the neighborhood.  These improvements will help promote Brooklyn's burgeoning tourism industry.