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CM Van Bramer: More schools coming soon to Long Island City

Jimmy Van Bramer
THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

With more than 22,500 new residential units planned for or already under construction in Long Island City, many questions about infrastructure are up in the air.

The lack of seats in schools in particular poses a great concern as current residents want to make sure that the institutions aren’t overloaded with children when thousands of new residents move in.

But Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer tried to clear up doubt about lack of school spaces during a Q&A at the second annual LIC Summit event on Tuesday at the Museum of the Moving Image.

While answering a question about more schools from a frustrated parent, Van Bramer said he has been working with the School Construction Authority (SCA) to find sites for new schools in LIC.

The politician and the SCA will have some “good news in terms of future school sites announced relatively quickly,” Van Bramer told The Courier following the panel.

The councilman couldn’t yet reveal details about the future schools in the area, such as where, how many seats or when they would be ready. But Van Bramer said he understands the concerns from parents and is hoping to get good news to the community soon.

“We need more schools,” he said. “I think that’s absolutely essential that we build more schools for the future of Long Island City. I feel the urgency on the part of some of the parents.”

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