FISCAL YEAR 2019 BUDGET MAKES A DIFFERENCE HERE
Investing in Staten Island
Expanded summer jobs for our young people. Additional resources for under-funded schools. "Fair fares" for low-income public transit riders. Months of intense negotiations have yielded a budget agreement that makes these investments in our city, while setting aside unprecedented amounts of money for future uncertainties.
As a member of the Council's Budget Negotiating Team, I fight to bring as much money back to Staten Island as possible—and this year was a successful one. This budget boosts funding for our District Attorney’s office, helps to build a new emergency department at University Medical Center and restores and expands funding for youth programs.
This budget allocates $5 million in capital funds for North Shore projects, including $1.6 million for our schools, 500,000 for our parks, $755,000 for our cultural institutions and more. I thank Speaker Corey Johnson for allocating funds to RUMC, Staten Island Children’s Museum and Faber Park.
I am proud to bring this budget back to my constituents because I know these funds will reach and improve every corner of the North Shore throughout the next year
While I am dismayed that property tax relief was not included in this year’s budget, the mayor has taken a step forward toward creating a fairer system. I will encourage all of my constituents to speak to the mayor’s newly created advisory commission so that we can replace our current regressive system with one that is fair and transparent.