STATEMENT FROM COUNCILMEMBER MATHIEU EUGENE ON THE PASSAGE OF THE FISCAL YEAR 2012 BUDGET (Brooklyn, NY) – “On Tuesday, June 29 my colleagues and I in the New York City Council voted to adopt the city’s budget for Fiscal Year 2012, protecting core services and programs that residents of the district depend upon and people throughout the city. I am proud of our efforts to stop any firehouses from being closed and prevent any teacher layoffs. In addition, we worked hard to restore much-needed funding for citywide initiatives, senior centers, day care centers and libraries, and ensure we don’t cut any afterschool and domestic violence programs,” said Councilmember Mathieu Eugene.
“In my continued efforts to bring resources to the district and serve as a leading advocate to improve healthcare across Brooklyn, I secured $3.5 million for Kings County Hospital, $2.05 million for SUNY Downstate Medical Center and $800,000 for Maimonides Hospital. Additionally, I am also proud to provide capital funding to public schools, including funding to install an air conditioning system in the auditorium at Erasmus and to renovate science labs at the High School for Human Rights at Wingate and at MS 246. To fulfill my commitment of improving the quality of education through technology, I will continue to provide funding for new computers at the High School for Public Service at Wingate, PS 91, PS 139, PS 249, PS 399, PS 245, PS 6 and the Academy for College Preparation and Career Exploration at Erasmus. Finally, I am pleased to secure funding for the Flatbush Caton Vendors Market in order to renovate and beautify the facility for the small businesses that use the space.” “Approving this year’s budget was not easy, but throughout the process I worked hard to ensure that services and programs we need in the district and across the city were not cut or sacrificed. Even though the city is still feeling the effects of the recession, I want to renew my commitment to protecting funding for public safety, public schools, quality healthcare and all essential services in the community.”