Pol Secures $21.3M+ for Borough Projects

Pol Secures $21.3M+ for Borough Projects

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Congresswoman Meng announced that she secured $1 million for Elmhurst Hospital for the renovation of its Infectious Diseases Clinic.

By Forum Staff

Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) announced on Friday that she secured over $21.3 million for 15 critical projects throughout Queens.

This Community Project Funding is money that was included in the new government spending package which passed the House Friday afternoon after being approved by the Senate on Thursday. The legislation now heads to President Joe Biden’s desk and is expected to be signed into law.

“Queens deserves its fair share, and I’m thrilled to bring back more money for critical projects here in our borough,” said Meng. “I am especially pleased that I was able to secure more than double the amount of what I obtained last year. I am always honored and proud to fight for Queens and I’ll never stop working to ensure that our communities have the resources they need. I look forward to this more than the $21.3 million benefiting Queens for many decades to come.”

Meng obtained a total of $21,317,066 for 15 projects. They include:

  • $7 Million: Long Island Railroad (LIRR) Forest Hills station for the installation of new elevators, extending the platform length to accommodate more train cars (12 train cars), and several other station improvements.
  • $2 Million: The City of New York’s District 6 Open Restaurants Dining Kits for helping under-resourced restaurants acquire safe, compliant, and aesthetically pleasing outdoor dining setups. These include restaurants hardest hit during the COVID-19 pandemic in low-to-moderate-income neighborhoods in Queens.
  • $2 Million: Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty (Met Council) to provide essential baby products as part of its food programs to Queens residents.
  • Over $1.4 Million: Queens College for its Small Business Development Initiative to strengthen partnerships between local small businesses and the newly established Queens College School of Business.
  • $1 Million: New York City Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst for the renovation of its Infectious Diseases Clinic.
  • $1 Million: Queens Chamber of Commerce for its Small Business Legal Desk support program to support immigrant and small businesses in Queens.
  • $1 Million: Long Island Jewish Forest Hills for the establishment of Robotic Assisted Orthopedic Surgery for hip and knee replacement procedures.
  • $1 Million: Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty (Met Council) for ensuring its emergency food programs meets needs of food-insecure Queens residents.
  • $1 Million: Commonpoint Queens for investing in unemployed and underemployed individuals to help them to gain skills and credentials to succeed in high-quality careers.
  • $800,000: LIFE Camp, Inc. for Therapeutic Wellness services in Queens to help increase community safety, life expectancy, quality of life, and allowing for trauma informed care and practices.
  • $750,000: 100 Suits for 100 Men for ensuring Queens neighborhoods receive resources and ongoing services as they recover from the coronavirus pandemic and allowing for a needs assessment post COVID-19.
  • $750,000: Churches United for Fair Housing for supporting its housing related services that help tenants and those experiencing homelessness in Queens access safe and affordable housing.
  • $750,000: Queens College Colden Auditorium for this largest indoor venue in Queens to be accessible, affordable, and a facility that meets the technical and production needs of performers.
  • $551,210: DOROT (which serves older adults) for expanding its remote program in Queens.
  • $250,000: La Jornada for empowering families out of poverty.

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