Western Queens Scores Big in 2006 Federal Appropriations Bill

Nov 23, 2005
Press Release
NEW YORK, NY - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney applauded the November 19th House and Senate passage of the federal FY 2006 Transportation Appropriations Bill, which included $340 million for East Side Access, $800,000 for the redevelopment of Queens Plaza, $150,000 towards a new senior center for Sunnyside Community Services and $150,000 to expand the Museum of the Moving Image.

“Thousands of Queens residents -seniors, commuters and museum-goers alike- will benefit from these federal investments,” said Congresswoman Maloney. “I am proud to direct federal funds to improve our transportation system and to help organizations that are vital parts of Queens’s social and cultural life.”

The federal funding breakdown is as follows:

East Side Access: $340,000,000

East Side Access will bring the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) to Grand Central Station, carrying approximately 162,000 new passengers, including 5,000 residents of Western Queens, every day. The project will help Queens residents by creating an LIRR station in Sunnyside, Queens at Queens Boulevard near Skillman Avenue. The station will also be used by commuters heading to the fast-growing Long Island City business district, the fourth-largest business center in New York City. Congresswoman Maloney has been a strong supporter of the East Side Access project, and has worked with her colleagues in the New York Delegation to direct nearly $600 million to the project since FY 1998.

Queens Plaza Rebuilding Project: $800,000

The Queens Plaza Roadway Rebuilding Project would implement the first phase of the Queens Plaza Bike and Pedestrian Improvement Project, which will redesign Queens Plaza. This federal investment will help transform the Plaza into a welcoming gateway to Long Island City and the Borough of Queens.

The New York City Department of City Planning will manage the project; its principal objective is to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality conditions along Queens Plaza by encouraging mass transit and other alternative forms of transportation such as bicycling and walking by improving the pedestrian environment and creating bike lanes.

Over the last two years, Congresswoman Maloney has directed more than $11 million in federal funding to the Queens Plaza redevelopment effort.

Sunnyside Community Services: $150,000

Sunnyside Community Services (SCS) received $150,000 for the construction of a new senior center. Construction will be completed on the senior center in the summer of 2005. At that time, SCS will renovate approximately 8,300 square feet of space that the Senior Center will vacate.

Museum of the Moving Image: $150,000

The Museum will use federal funds for innovative new classrooms and digital laboratories. The classrooms and digital labs are part of an expansion of the Museum, one of the most important new projects in the Congresswoman’s district. When completed in 2008, these facilities will allow the Museum to double the number of school children and teachers it serves, and to dramatically expand its already significant national impact through online programs and study guides. Through use of the moving image media - the most accessible and popular form of communication, information, and entertainment in the world - the Museum provides students with intellectually challenging encounters that spark imaginations and spur interest in learning. The Museum is a truly unique resource for New York City, New York State and the nation.