|Cook Continues Tradition of Delivering Vital Funding to the 32nd Assembly District|
For nearly 20 years, Assemblymember Cook has worked tirelessly to make sure the district she represents receives its fair share in state funding to help support important programs that provide needed services to the community. This funding is vital to these organizations; without these special efforts these services may have been jeopardized. The list includes organizations that received funding in the 2006-07 State Budget.
Brooks Senior Center
Civil Legal Services
Civil Legal Services for Domestic Violence Victims
Cultural Collaborative of Jamaica
Emergency Homeless Needs
Evelyn Douglin Center
Family Planning Services
Greater Jamaica Development Corporation
Homeless Advocacy Program
Hunt’s Point Cooperative Market, Inc.
Jamaica Chamber of Commerce
Life Health Center
L.I.F.E. Sports Camp
Methamphetamine Abuse Treatment and Prevention Demonstration Project
Neighborhood Housing Services Jamaica
New York ACORN
New York Junior Tennis League
NYS Defenders Association
Rochdale Village Social Services, Inc.
Parents Information Network, Inc.
Patient’s Rights Hotline and Advocacy Project
Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York
Queens Borough Public Library - Rochdale Branch
Queens District Attorney Drug Crimes Prosecution
Queens Educational Opportunity Center
Queens Health Center
Queens Legal Services Corporation
Queens Village Committee for Mental Health, - J-CAP
Southern Queens Park Association
Urban Renewal Committee of South Jamaica
Assemblymember Cook -
Never Too Busy for You
|Assemblymember Cook is seated at her desk in the Assembly Chamber reviewing the calendar of bills before the Assembly. Assemblymember Cook votes on thousands of bills that may be signed into law.|
|Assemblymember Cook met with Rochdale Village members representing AARP to discuss prescription drugs, long-term care, cell phone consumer protection and other issues important to our senior citizens.|
|Assemblymember Cook takes a moment to welcome back to Albany the Honorable Byron Brown, Mayor of Buffalo, New York, and a native of Queens County.|
|Assemblymember Cook is never too busy to address your concerns. While in a meeting, Assemblymember Cook steps outside her office to take a minute to speak to the NYS Council on Health-system Pharmacists to discuss a piece of key legislation.|
|Assemblymember Cook welcomes Judge Lewis and students from August Martin High School in Queens on Law Day. Each year the Queens County Bar Association sponsors a trip to Albany for students who are interested in law to get a glimpse of the Legislative Process.|
|Assemblymember Cook Welcomes Initiative to Revitalize Distressed Neighborhoods|
The Legislature has agreed to a sweeping $300 million initiative to clean up blight, revitalize aging neighborhoods, and restore hope in New York’s distressed communities. Assemblymember Cook said the Restore New York’s Communities plan would help our neighborhoods get back on track.
"We have to look beyond the boarded-up windows and burned-out buildings to see the real potential of our distressed communities," Assemblymember Cook said. "Take a look at the skilled craftsmanship of our historic buildings, the proximity to our great rivers and coasts, the unique blend of specialty stores and restaurants, and it’s clear that many of our older cities, towns and villages have much to offer. It’s time we carefully and wisely eliminate the negatives in our communities, and invest in their positives."
Unfortunately, Assemblymember Cook noted there are roughly 387,000 vacant non-seasonal dwellings in New York, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, which, along with countless buildings in various states of disrepair, drive down property values, erode the tax base, hinder commercial development and provide cover for criminal activity in the neighborhoods where they are located.
Communities would be required to assess and list vacant, deteriorated and abandoned properties. The list would be submitted to the Empire State Development Corporation for approval of grants. The first phase of the initiative would provide grants to of up to $20,000 to demolish or reconstruct decrepit residential properties. The second phase would provide grants of up to $100,000 to rehabilitate and reconstruct residential structures. Municipalities will be required to provide a 10 percent match, which can be met through either financial or in-kind contributions, including other local, state or federal grants.
Assemblymember Cook noted that priority for funding will be given to properties included in Brownfield Opportunity Areas (BOAs), Empire Zones, other state and federal redevelopment, remediation or planning programs, and economically distressed communities. The program will have $50 million available this fiscal year, $100 million next year, and $150 million in 2008-09.
"Revitalizing one building can go a long way toward renewing a block, and renewing one block can go a long way toward revitalizing a neighborhood," Assemblymember Cook said. "This initiative will help our struggling cities, towns and villages tackle one parcel at time, which, in turn, will enhance our communities’ beauty and character, help them compete for private investment, and improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods."
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ALBANY OFFICE: LOB - Room 331 • Albany, NY 12248
DISTRICT OFFICE: 142-15 Rockaway Boulevard • Jamaica, NY 11436