Velazquez Announces Earmark Requests for FY 2008
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Velázquez (D-NY) announced the following earmark requests for FY 2008:
Added Value and Friends of Gateway: $100,000 for the Added Value and Friends of Gateway for an Urban Agricultural Project to provide healthier and greener communities. The funding for this project will help Added Value and Friends of Gateway to expand programs that started as a result of a partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension by exporting plants and trees throughout the district from the Gateway nursery.
Lutheran Family Health Center Network: $500,000 for a Women’s Health Radiology Modernization Project. The funding is to expand health services provided by the Lutheran Family Health Center Network. Primarily the funding will increase breast cancer screening and prenatal monographic evaluations for low-income women.
Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation: $250,000 for a Green Roof initiative. This project will demonstrate the usefulness of green roof design in buildings as a cost effective way to reduce combined sewer overflow, increase energy efficiency, and reduce heat reflection which contributes to greenhouse effects.
Hudson Raritan Estuary - Newtown Creek Environmental Restoration: $500,000 for the US Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a feasibility study for the environmental restoration of the Newtown Creek.
Hudson Raritan Estuary - Gowanus Canal, New York, Environmental Restoration Project: $500,000 for the US Army Corps of Engineers to continue the feasibility study for the environmental restoration of the Gowanus Canal and to continue to work with NYC Department of Environmental Protection to restore the Gowanus Canal.
San Juan Bay National Estuary-Caño Martin Peña Channel: $350,000 to the US Army Corps of Engineers to complete the General Investigation study for the dredging and restoration of the Caño Martin Peña Channel. The Martín Peña Channel is a critical waterway of the San Juan Bay National Estuary, which has become clogged and silted. The study’s completion is necessary to the creation of a plan that can prevent flooding and further deterioration of water quality and improve the quality of life for thousands of Puerto Ricans.
Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network (HITN): $500,000 to fund a telecommunication pilot initiative on small business development and financial issues for Spanish speaking audiences. The project will provide small business the technical support and advice that is necessary to help them succeed.
Project for Public Spaces (PPS): $200,000 to Preserve and Revitalize the Moore Street Market as an Economic Anchor and Social and Cultural Center for Williamsburg. The funding for this project is to help PPS work on a plan to develop, preserve, strengthen and revitalize the Moore Street Market while preserving and enhancing the Market’s role as a social and cultural center, providing economic opportunities for business owners and entrepreneurs.
Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation: $200,000 for the Reach Project to provide financial literacy education and technical assistance to residents in Cypress Hills. The project will help residents acquire, build and maintain their assets, including homes, businesses and personal wealth.
Chinese-American Planning Council: $200,000 for a workforce and entrepreneur development program. The program will provide counseling, employment training, workforce development, vocational training, placement assistance, and small business and entrepreneur development.
St. Ann's Warehouse: $200,000 for St. Ann's Warehouse for projects focusing on economic and business development through its Emerging Artists, Emerging Audiences Initiative.
Good Old Lower East Side: $200,000 to continue to develop, administer, and manage economic development programs in the Lower East Side. This funding will allow GOLES to assist low-income job seekers with employment counseling, monthly clinics, and sector based skills training; work with small businesses to organize a local merchants association and connect them to technical assistance; and, organize an Employment Network that will give business owners the opportunity to tap into a pool of qualified candidates who live locally and are seeking employment.
North Brooklyn Development Corporation & Creative Development Center: $100,000to continue its after-school youth services and competitive Karate and recreational programs for at-risk youth and adults in Greenpoint.
Police Athletic League Miccio Center in Red Hook: $100,000 for at-risk youth programming in partnership with Red Hook Rise. This program’s goal is to improve the quality of life for New York City children through educational, employment, and recreational programs they otherwise would not have.
Grand Street Settlement: $200,000 to support a literacy and multimedia based program for at risk-youth, adults, and families. The program aims to serve community residents who have no access to computers or to appropriate technology programs because of their economic limitations, low literacy levels, and/or lack of technological capability.
Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC): $200,000 to continue its Arts in Education Program for at-risk youth in public schools. BAC links artists with schools and community based organizations, and provides exhibitions and performance opportunities for participants.
Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy: $300,000 to expand ongoing education and stewardship programs to teach at-risk youth about the waterfront's history, habitat, and ecology.
Federal Courthouse/Office of Emergency Management Security: $3 million for Federal Courthouse/Office of Emergency Management Security. This funding will be used to study and implement needed security measures for the Courthouse complex, as well as OEM. This project will provide security for both buildings by integrating a single secured perimeter, while allowing public access to the parks.
Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment: $150,000 for environmental educational initiatives. The funding is meant to expand the numerous school programs sponsored by the Brooklyn Center.
Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center: $420,000 to establish the first onsite hospital-based Radiologic Technology School at Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center. The school will offer a two-year curriculum accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology whose graduates will receive certification. Each year the school will attract local high school graduates and provide exciting career ladders and significant economic opportunity in the science and health fields.
Chinese-American Planning Council: $250,000 to offer counseling, vocational training, employment training, ESL education, and placement assistance for unemployed and low income community residents.
El Puente: $300,000 for the planning and initial implementation of a Wellness Center for adolescents and their families. In partnership with the Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center, the Wellness Center will focus, primarily, on the prevention of obesity, diabetes, STDs including HIV/AIDS, as well as the control and management of asthma and other environmentally connected diseases.
Brooklyn Chinese-American Association (BCA): $300,000 in funding to promote nutritional, recreational, and educational activities at BCA’s Sunset Park Asian Senior Center.
Hamilton-Madison House: $200,000 for the improvement and development of social services and equipment for children, families, and the elderly. The funding will support Hamilton-Madison House goal to provide the best services for our most vulnerable populations: children, the elderly, the ill, handicapped, new immigrants, refugees, and the unemployed.
The Old Stone House of Brooklyn, Inc.: $50,000 to provide broad access to its education programs for students K-12 at this historical interpretative center on colonial Brooklyn and the Revolutionary War's first battle of the new Republic.
Indochina Sino-American Community Center (ISACCC): $300,000 for the Immigrant Literacy, Technology and Employment Project (ILTEP). This project will provide job training to Chinese or Vietnamese speaking residents/workers in Chinatown.
St. Vincent’s Chinatown Clinic: $500,000 to help in the expansion of the clinic and services offered at the clinic. The clinic’s current facility is overcrowded and can no longer provide for the healthcare needs of the Chinatown community. The funding requested will assist in the capital project to expand in order to increase the range of services offered at the clinic, and allow physicians and staff to meet the growing demand of residents.
Wyckoff Heights Medical Center: $500,000for the development and expansion of its health facility. The construction and development of this facility will allow Wyckoff Heights Medical Center to meet the medical needs of the Brooklyn community and further the Medical Center’s mission.
Gouverneur Healthcare Services: $400,000 to help Gouverneur in the development and redesign of its existing nursing facility into a residential setting with resident “neighborhoods”, including homelike kitchens, bathing, dining and recreational areas.
Boricua College: $1,000,000 for capital improvements to the North side Campus. Boricua College has been an integral part of the community serving over five hundred students annually, making its facilities available to local public high schools which lack their own facilities. The funding will help Boricua College renovate, improve and maintain its North side campus.
Greenpoint Manufacturing Design Center: $1,000,000 to support the restoration of a 370 foot bulkhead, and creation of a new non-profit/retail space that will serve the community along the Newtown Creek waterfront.
Common Ground Community: $200,000 to help Common Ground renovate and improve the different low-income buildings it manages in New York City and allow it to continue its work to reduce homelessness in New York.
Make the Road by Walking (MRBW): $500,000 to construct a new facility in Brooklyn. The new facility will allow Make the Road by Walking to meet the demand for its services which are presently limited by the lack of space in its current location. The new facility will permit MRBW to increase services, including adult education, job training, after-school literacy, college planning, day care services, computer training, and other essential services for the community.