2018-06-27 / Front Page

Crowley, Van Bramer Announce $6.5 Million For Woodside Library

Congress Member Joe Crowley, NYC Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, and Queens Library President & CEO Dennis Walcott announced $6.5 million in renovations to the Woodside Community Library.Congress Member Joe Crowley, NYC Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, and Queens Library President & CEO Dennis Walcott announced $6.5 million in renovations to the Woodside Community Library.Congress Member Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, joined NYC Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside, Woodside, Long Island City, Astoria, Dutch Kills) and Queens Library President & CEO Dennis Walcott on June 19 to announce millions of dollars in renovations have been allocated to renovate the Woodside Library.

“Our city’s libraries are vital to enriching our communities, but many of our branches do not receive the funding they need to help our children and students grow,” said Congress Member Crowley. “The millions of dollars in funding we are announcing today will help ensure Queens Library continues to instill compassion, wisdom, and open-mindedness in our children for years to come. This is one of the most important investments we can make for our community.”

“Council Member Van Bramer and Congressman Crowley have made an excellent investment not only in this branch and our customers, but in the entire community, and we are grateful for their continued steadfast support,” said Queens Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott.

“We look forward to working with our government partners to deliver an inspiring space where the public can learn, discover and grow.”

“Libraries change lives,” said New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer. “The $6.5 million for a completely renovated Woodside Library is a big deal for the children, seniors and everyday Woodsiders who use this essentially important community resource. Every Woodside resident deserves to have a modern, state of the art library. This funding, with the help of Congressman Joseph Crowley and Council Speaker Corey Johnson, is a game changer for the people who use this every day.”

The $6.5 million from New York City will fund comprehensive renovations of the library’s interior as well as the modernization of the building itself, which hasn’t been updated in nearly 20 years.

Crowley has been a champion for public libraries and education since he first entered Congress. Earlier this month, he announced a proposal to invest $10 billion toward building new schools to address chronic overcrowding in primary, middle, and high schools, and in May, he introduced legislation to combat noise pollution in schools, an issue that acutely impacts New York City schoolchildren. In April, Crowley advocated for additional funding for federal aid programs that benefit low-income college students in the 2019 government funding bill. He has also partnered with local elected officials to ensure that the needs of students living in Queens and the Bronx are fully satisfied.



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