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PAGE 10                                                    THE QUEENS TIMES                            THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2023

            Statement From Speaker Adams on Mayor                                  Senator Gillibrand Announces $20 Million
         Adams’ Announcement of His Administration’s                               in Federal Funding to Conserve And Build
        Proposed Zoning Text Amendment For Housing                                              New Green Spaces in NYC

             “The housing crisis that  and locked communities  Framework and increased
        has exacerbated homeless-  out of opportunities. That’s  affordability, to confront   (Continued from page 4)  local students, Bronx youth,  nounced today will be dis-
        ness and made our city  why it is imperative that our  our housing crisis. We look                and diverse community  tributed between the NYC
        less affordable demands  city’s policies and zoning  forward to conducting a  thank our congressional  partners in tree planting  Department of Parks and
        comprehensive solutions.  align to achieve housing  thorough review of the pro-  delegation, our local elected  and stewardship, equip-  Recreation and The Bronx
        We welcome Mayor Ad-     growth through the lens  posals in these preliminary  officials, and our many  ping them with the tools  is Blooming. The projects
        ams and  City  Planning’s  of equity and access, ac-  scoping documents and  partners for their advocacy  to grow and support our  financed by the funding are
        encouraging and thoughtful  companied by investments  continuing discussions with  for this grant,” said NYC  urban canopy,” said Jenn  described below.
        proposals as a starting point  in economic opportunity,  the Administration and all  Parks Commissioner Sue  Beaugrand, Founder and       NYC Department of
        towards critical changes  schools, transit, healthcare,  stakeholders throughout  Donoghue. “Thanks to this  Executive Director of The  Parks and Recreation: The
        that will help us equita-  and other institutions that  this process to successfully  investment, our city will  Bronx is Blooming. “We are  first project will estab-
        bly produce more housing  help stabilize communities.  advance the city’s housing  soon have more trees, ex-  incredibly excited about the  lish a green job training
        across the city to confront       “The Council is commit-  needs. Delivering results for  panded and more resilient  opportunities this grant will  and employment program,
        these challenges. Housing  ted to advancing the neces-  New Yorkers will require  forests, and new green jobs,  create for our community to  providing a pathway into
        and zoning policies have  sary changes through a city-  actions at the city level,  helping us to further our  come together to give Bronx  forest restoration careers
        historically furthered eco-  wide text amendment and  along with essential contri-  commitment to expanding  green spaces the love and  for underserved communi-
        nomic and racial segrega-  complementary strategies,  butions from our state and  and preserving our natural  care they deserve.”  ties. The second project
        tion, deepened inequities,  including my Fair Housing  federal partners.”  environment.”               On average, tempera-  includes growing the urban
                                                                                      “New York Restora-  tures in urban forests are  forest through planting trees
               Joint Statement From Transportation &                             tion Project is thrilled that  2.9 degrees lower than in  and preserving existing
         Infrastructure Chair Selvena N. Brooks-Powers &                         trees are getting the critical  un-forested urban areas.  trees. It promotes commu-
                                                                                 investment that they de-
                                                                                                          Across New York City,  nity engagement through
                Education Chair Rita Joseph on ATU’s                             serve,” said Lynn Bodnar  over 7 million people, or  outreach, education, and
                       Tentative Contract Agreement                              Kelly, Executive Director  nearly 80% of New York-  empowerment. The project
                                                                                 of New York Restoration  ers, are affected by elevated  also offers paid training and
                                                                                 Project. “As we know from  temperatures. The Inflation  employment opportunities
             “Timely and reliable  ment that avoids harmful  Bus Umbrella Services have   our work on the ground-  Reduction Act included  for youth and adults, focus-
        school bus transportation  disruptions for our students  yet to reach a deal that would
        is essential to the success  and families. We support in-  guarantee services for the   breaking MillionTreesNYC  historic investments to  ing on workforce develop-
        of our student’s educational  creased wages and benefits  youth they serve. We remain   initiative,  trees  are  New  flight climate change, in-  ment and green jobs.
        futures. We are glad the  for school bus drivers and a  in solidarity with them as   Yorkers’ natural allies in  cluding funding to create       The Bronx is Blooming:
                                                                                 mitigating heat, seques-
                                                                                                          equitable access to green  This project engages K-12
        school bus companies and  continuation of school bus  they pursue a contract that
        the Amalgamated Transit  services for over 80,000 stu-  acknowledges their contri-  tering excess carbon, and  spaces across New York.  students in environmental
        Union Local 1181 were able  dents at this time. However,  butions and pivotal role in   absorbing excess rainwater  Urban forests help cool our  education and tree steward-
        to come to a tentative agree-  drivers with the NYC School  our education system.”  in the face of the climate  neighborhoods, protect New  ship, provides green jobs
                                                                                 crisis. We applaud Senator  Yorkers  from  dangerous  and forestry training for
          Statement From Speaker Adrienne Adams on                               Gillibrand’s leadership in  heat waves, and improve air  local youth, and brings new
                                                                                 bringing game-changing  quality, health and mental  trees to  Bronx neighbor-
           The Recommendation That No Disciplinary                               funds to bolster New York’s  health outcomes, and over-  hoods. It addresses long-
                                                                                 urban forest.”
                                                                                                          all quality of life. The Infla-
                                                                                                                                  standing environmental
           Action be Taken Against NYPD Officers in                                   The Bronx is Blooming  tion Reduction Act included  and health inequities related
                       Killing of Kawaski Trawick                                is honored to receive this  $1.5 billion over the next  to air quality, excessive
                                                                                 $5 million grant from the  10 years for the U.S. Forest  heat, and park access, while
             “I am deeply disappointed   for Kawaski’s killing. After  Caban can and must hold   USDA Forest Service. This  Service’s Urban and Com-  creating economic oppor-
        in  Deputy  Commissioner   delays and impediments by  these officers accountable   unprecedented investment  munity Forestry program.  tunities in disadvantaged
        Maldonado’s recommenda-  the NYPD to provide key  for misconduct - it’s what   will engage thousands of       The federal funding an-  communities.
        tion and the rationale behind   evidence, those delays now  Kawaski’s family, New York-
        it. For several years, the Tra-  being used as the reason to  ers, and officers who have
        wick family has waited for   recommend no discipline is  not engaged in misconduct
        a shred of accountability   unjustifiable. Commissioner  deserve from the NYPD.”

             Joint Statement From Speaker Adrienne
           Adams And Deputy Speaker Diana Ayala on
          The Expanded Eligibility to Use CityFHEPS
                         Outside of New York City

             “CityFHEPS is one of  CityFHEPS to be used out-  to allow New Yorkers with
        our most effective tools  side of New York City is a  CityFHEPS vouchers to
        to  keep people in  their  positive step that will help  move back within our city.
        homes, prevent evictions,  longtime New Yorkers find  We look forward to continu-
        and transition people out  housing and economic sta-  ing to work with the Ad-
        of the shelter system into  bility. It will be important  ministration to ensure the
        permanent housing. This  to ensure that there are  successful implementation
        announcement to allow  clear policies on transfers  of this program.”
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