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August 2, 2010

Funds Approved for Ridgewood Community Center, Brooklyn Navy Yard

Washington, DC The U.S. House of Representatives has approved $730,000 in federal resources for projects in Queens and Brooklyn. According to Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), this will result in increases to local programs for Ridgewood residents and help with constructing a visitor’s center at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

“Supporting a new community center, these resources will bring important social services to Ridgewood,” Velázquez said. “The funds will not only increase access to local programs but also spur the continued redevelopment of the Brooklyn Navy Yard.”

Included in the Fiscal Year 2010 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) Appropriations, is $230,000 from HUD’s Economic Development Initiatives for the extension of the Glenridge Senior Center, supporting job skills training, after school activities and educational programs.   
Also, the legislation designates $500,000 for the development of a visitor’s center at the Brooklyn Navy Yard that will feature educational programming to highlight the Yard’s storied past and promising future.

“By expanding access to job training, pre-school education and medical care, we can make it a little easier for families in Queens to lead happy, full lives,” Velázquez said.  “The new center at the Brooklyn Navy Yard will introduce visitors to this local gem and create new opportunities for the community.”

The Fiscal Year 2010 T-HUD bill passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 251-167.  The legislation must be approved by the Senate before it is signed into law by the President.