Trauma Center, Firehouse & Parks Get Funding in City Budget

On Sunday, June 30, New York City Mayor Eric Adams, New York City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams, Council Finance Chair Justin Brannan, members of the City Council, and senior members of the Adams administration announced an agreement for an on-time, balanced, and fiscally responsible $112.4 billion Adopted Budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 that invests in the future of New York City. Among some of those investments are some promising projects for the Rockaway peninsula and Broad Channel.

With the new budget, Rockaway inches closer to developing a trauma hospital on the peninsula. An additional $25 million in new funding has been allocated to plans for a new trauma center.

“While the budget does not include every line item we sought, the Council fought successfully for restoration of funding that New Yorkers rely on every day, including for our libraries, schools, and childcare,” Majority Whip Selvena N. Brooks-Powers said. It also includes a critical expansion of the Fair Fares program – adding over $10 million in baselined funding – and critical funding for a sorely needed Trauma Center in the Rockaways. More work lies ahead, but I am proud of the work of this Council to get us to this point, and I thank the Speaker for her strong leadership and unwavering commitment to the people of New York.”

Councilwoman Joann Ariola recently announced that several projects she has been fighting for, has received funding. A long time in the making, $600K has been allocated toward building a new firehouse and emergency relief center for the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department. Additionally, $6 million has been allocated toward building a brand new skatepark in Broad Channel. Another $9 million has been allocated to fully fund Neponsit Park at the site of the old Neponsit Home.

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