Speaker Carl Heastie today joined Assemblymember Mathylde Frontus in Brooklyn during his annual statewide tour. Todays tour included a trip to two senior centers, one which is located at a NYCHA development, lunch at a local pizza spot and a trip to the Coney Island Amusement Park area.
The Assembly Majority has always fought to ensure that New Yorks most vulnerable populations have the support they need, said Speaker Heastie. At the Bay Ridge Center we got to see firsthand what that means for seniors, as well as what it means to the residents at the Site 8 New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) development, the Jewish Association Serving the Aging (JASA) and the Coney Island Active Aging (CIAA) Naturally Occuring Retirement Community (NORC). This annual tour always reaffirms our priorities and our commitment to New Yorkers.
It was an honor to host Speaker Heastie in Southern Brooklyn and show him all that my district has to offer, as well as the importance of the investments we have made in this community, said Assemblymember Frontus. From supportive services to great food and entertainment, this community fills me with a great sense of pride, and I look forward to working with the speaker to find new ways to serve my constituents in the year ahead.
Speaker Heastie and Assemblymember Frontus kicked off todays tour with a visit to the Bay Ridge Center, one of the main senior centers in Bay Ridge, serving hundreds of elder residents in the district. The Bay Ridge Center provides support and services including health and wellness programming, classes for hobbies like quilting and jewelry making, parties and trips, communal and in-home meals, and in-home services including visits and shopping assistance. In the State Fiscal Year 2019-20 Budget Assemblylmember Frontus secured $100,000 for the Bay Ridge Center for their senior program.
The two later stopped at the Site 8 NYCHA Development, which houses JASA and CIAA NORC. The Site 8 Development is one of nine NYCHA developments in Coney Island. Earlier this year, Assemblymember Frontus secured $148,000 for the Site 8 NYCHA Development to obtain new stoves and refrigerators for all of the residents.
Afterwards the pair stopped for lunch at Grimaldis Pizzeria, a popular pizza spot in Coney Island known for their coal-fired pizza. The business is also well known for their philanthropy, contributing time and money to a range of non-profit organizations, including food banks, childrens hospitals and animal shelters. The tour finished off with a trip to the Coney Island Amusement Park area and a walk through some of the attractions in Luna Park.