Queens lawmaker secures funding for improvements at several local schools

State Senator Joseph Addabbo. (Photo via NYS Senate website)

State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. announced on Monday, Aug. 8, that he has secured funding for several public schools within his district through State and Municipal (SAM) grants.

The SAM grants are allocated to schools for a variety of projects to improve physical parts of the school building, technological upgrades, and much more to benefit students, faculty and staff. 

“Educational funding is incredibly important in order to keep our schools up-to-date and ensure that teachers and staff have the equipment to properly educate their students,” Addabbo said. “Additionally, the school buildings themselves need to have the facilities required to keep students engaged and active.”

Addabbo reached out to several schools in his district to see if they could use any funding from the SAM grants to improve their schools, and he received some responses. The senator said he intends to reach out to other schools in his district for funding in next year’s budget.

 Each of the following schools are earmarked to receive $250,000 for their renovation projects: 

  • Col. Jeromus Remsen School P.S. 144Q in Forest Hills – Gym renovations and new white boards 
  • Raymond York School P.S. 65Q in Ozone Park –  Technology upgrades  
  • William Sidney Mount School P.S. 174Q in Rego Park – Technology upgrades
  • Anthony Pranzo School P.S./I.S. 113Q in Glendale – Bathroom renovations  
  • Arthur Ashe School P.S. 161Q in South Richmond Hill – Auditorium renovations  
  • Forest Park School P.S. 97Q in Woodhaven – Auditorium upgrades  
  • Horace Mann School P.S. 90Q in Richmond Hill – Auditorium conversion  
  • Rego Park School P.S. 139Q in Rego Park –  A new gym and media center 
  • Rosa Parks School P.S. 254Q in Richmond Hill – Library and teachers’ lounge renovations 
  • Russell Sage, Jr. High School in Forest Hills – A new gym floor 
  • Woodhaven School P.S. 60Q in Woodhaven – Schoolyard renovations  

 Once the state provides final approval, Addabbo said the schools can begin working on upgrades and improvements. 

“I look forward to hearing about their progress and visiting these schools in the future to see the finished products. I am pleased to be able to work with our local schools to provide a better experience for our teachers, staff, students and their families,” Addabbo said.