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Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez

Representing the 7th District of New York


Velazquez Secures Over $2.6 Million for Community Projects

Velázquez Secures Over $2.6 Million for Community Projects
August 16, 2007
Press Release

NEW YORK – Today Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez announced that she secured $2.6 million in federal funding for area medical centers, environmental projects, revitalization efforts, educational and youth programs.  The funding was secured in the FY 2008 appropriations bills, which passed through the House of Representatives in July. 

“This funding is critical to the success of our community – from educating our youth, and providing after-school care, to improving the local environment and meeting the healthcare needs of our residents,” Congresswoman Velázquez said.  “By providing this funding, we are investing in the well-being of our neighborhoods, and ensuring that efforts are being made to better the community we live in.”

Below is a list of the projects that Congresswoman Velázquez secured funding for:

Woodhull Hospital:  $230,000 in federal funding was secured for equipment to be used in a hospital based radiologic technology school.

Wyckoff Heights Medical Center:  $300,000 was provided for the development of a full service family practice medical office targeted for low-income residents in Brooklyn. 

El Puente:  $220,000 was made available for an obesity, diabetes, STDs and HIV/AIDS prevention program aimed at adolescents and their families.  The initiative also focuses on education about how to manage environmentally connected diseases, such as asthma.

Hudson Raritan Estuary – Gowanus Canal, New York, Environmental Restoration Project:  $100,000 was secured to continue the feasibility study for the environmental restoration of Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal.

Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation’s Red Hook Green Roof Project:  $250,000 in federal funding was provided for a project aimed at demonstrating the use of green roof design as a cost effective and viable strategy for increasing energy efficiency, reducing heat reflection that contribute to the greenhouse effect.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy:  $50,000 was made available to expand ongoing education and stewardship programs to teach at-risk youth about the waterfront’s history, habitat and ecology. 

Project for Public Spaces:  $250,000 was secured for efforts to preserve and revitalize the Moore Street Market in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Boricua College:  $150,000 in federal funding for supporting the renewal of improvements to the North Side campus, which houses a 3,669 square foot gym where intramural athletics are conducted.

Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC):  $150,000 was secured for the expansion of the council’s Arts in Education program for at-risk youth in public schools throughout Brooklyn.

Police Athletic League Miccio Center in Red Hook:  $100,000 for youth programming, including recreational activities and educational development services, in partnership with Red Hook Rise.

North Brooklyn Development Corporation and Creative Development Center:  $100,000 was provided for the center to continue its after-school youth services.

Grant Street Settlement:  $200,000 was secured to provide two-years of support for the literacy-based multimedia programs of the Community Technology Center and the Computer Clubhouse, which serve 1600 children, youth, adults and families annually.

Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network (HITN):  $231,000 in federal funding was secured to fund a pilot initiative to reach Spanish-speaking Americans on financial literacy, small business development, homeownership and credit management issues.

Hamilton Madison House:  $100,000 for services and equipment for a social services program aimed at helping area adults and senior-citizens. 

Chinese-American Planning Council:  $200,000 was made available to offer counseling, employment training, ESL education, vocational training, and placement assistance for unemployed and/or low-income residents.