Despite the enormous financial strains amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Councilwoman Adrienne Adams secured historic funding for her district’s projects that were long overdue.
The Rochdale Village board of directors and the United Neighbors Civic Association joined Adams to celebrate the $9 million she allocated in the city budget, including $6 million in capital funding for renovations at the South Rochdale Village Playground and an additional $2,880,000 to restore the crumbling Rochdale Village façade, plus $75,000 for Rochdale Village Social Services Senior programming and $45,000 for Rochdale Village Social Services Youth programming.
“This is a massive win for the residents of Rochdale Village and surrounding communities,” Adams said. “The deteriorating Rochdale façade has posed a significant safety risk and the renovation is long overdue. Additionally, the funding allocated to the South Rochdale Village Playground, senior services and youth services is the kind of investment that this community desperately needs. I will continue to support all of District 28 to make sure that it remains a great place to live and work.”
Rochdale Village Inc. Board President Jean Randolph-Castro hailed Adams for the historic allocation.
“The $9 million dollars in funding has been humbly appreciated,” Randolph-Castro said. “This is unprecedented — she has made history in the Rochdale Village community with such huge funding that has never been allocated for capital improvement. The funding also serves the quality of life for the seniors and our youth. Rochdale Village, which we call the Jewel of Jamaica, will benefit over 28,000 cooperators and for that, I’m humbly grateful.”
Rochdale Village, Inc. Board Chairman Clifton Stanley Diaz personally thanked Adams on behalf of the community, as did Rochdale Village, Inc. First Vice President Talib Bey.
“This is a wonderful day,” she said. “The funds that Council member Adams has secured will be used in a multifaceted form. Infrastructure work, youth programs and senior support.”