Peralta announces funding for roof repairs at Lexington School for the Deaf

State Sen Jose Peralta (c.) presents a check to students of the Lexington School for the Deaf in East Elmhurst that will go towards a project to repair part of the roof.
Courtesy Peralta’s office
By Bill Parry

The Lexington School for the Deaf in East Elmhurst will be able to make critical repairs to its 50-year-old roofing system due to a $119,00 allocation of state funding by state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst). A 4,500-square-foot section of the roof over one wing of the school needs to be replaced along with its adjacent walkway corridor.

“We must ensure our students are safe when they are in school,” Peralta said. “Not having to deal with leaks from an old roof is essential to the health and safety of students.”

The Lexington School for the Deaf, located at 25-26 75th St., is the largest school for the deaf in the entire state serving students from all five boroughs from 3-month to 21-years-old, and almost half of its students are from Queens.

“Lexington School for the Deaf has been providing deaf education to New York City’s children since 1864.” Lexington School for the Deaf CEO and Superintendent Donald Galloway said. “Oh behalf of the school, I would like to thank Sen. Jose Peralta for securing this state allocation. Sen. Peralta recognizes the importance of investing in the capital needs of schools. This gift will repair the fifty-year-old roof on our school and allow us to continue our work to enable deaf children to be successful students and citizens,”

Reach reporter Bill Parry by e-mail at bparry@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4538.

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