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TURNING PROMISES INTO ACTION: IMPACTFUL  ACCOMPLISHMENTS

KEY ACHIEVEMENTS IN

INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORTATION

Capital Aid to Localities:
  • $1.3 billion secured for local infrastructure improvements.

  • Increased funding for local road programs

Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program:

  • $598 million total funding with an increase of $60 million.

State Route NY:

  • $140 million allocated, an increase of $40 million.


Bridge and Road Initiatives

  • Bridge NY: $200 million for critical bridge repairs.

  • Pave NY: $150 million dedicated to statewide paving needs.

  • Extreme Winter Recovery: $100 million to address winter damages.

  • Local Pave our Potholes Program: $100 million for local pothole repairs.

  • Toll Enforcement Strengthening: Enhanced measures to secure funding for road maintenance and operations.


MTA Service Enhancements

  • $16.3 million allocated to improve bus frequencies and extend service hours.

  • Bus Rapid Transit (BRT): Secured the North Shore Bus Rapid Transit in the Assembly One House budget, marking significant progress towards project implementation.

  • Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge Discount: Continued the Staten Island resident discount program, allowing residents to pay a reduced toll rate of $2.75 each way.


Fare-Free Bus Initiatives

  • Fare-Free S46 / M116 Bus Initiative: Successfully implemented fare-free service for the S46 & M116 buses, increasing accessibility for residents of Staten Island and Lower Manhattan. Plans are underway to evaluate and potentially expand fare-free access to additional lines.

KEY EDUCTION INITIATIVES

Increased Funding for K-12 Education:
  • $35.9 billion allocated for school aid, marking a $1.3 billion increase from the previous year. This boost ensures all students have access to high-quality education in a safe learning environment.

Foundation Aid Increase:

  • $934.5 million increase in Foundation Aid to support equitable funding across all school districts.

State Route NY:

  • $140 million allocated, an increase of $40 million.


Investment in Special Education

  • $113.4 million provided for Schools for the Blind and Deaf, including a $5.3 million restoration to strengthen these vital institutions.

Support for Nonpublic Schools

  • $241.1 million earmarked for Nonpublic School Aid and $70 million allocated for Nonpublic School Health and Safety Grants to ensure safe and nurturing educational environments.

Enhanced Support for Educational Infrastructure

  • $30 million in capital funding for Schools for the Blind and Deaf to improve infrastructure and resources necessary for high-quality education.

Literacy and Adult Education

  • $9.8 million dedicated to Adult Literacy Education to support programs for adults seeking to improve their literacy skills.

Expansion of Free School Meals

  • Funding to provide an additional 300,000 students with access to free school meals, ensuring no child goes hungry at school.

Initiative for Zero-Emission School Buses

  • Establishment of a New York State Zero-Emission School Bus Resource Center within NYSERDA, promoting environmentally friendly transportation options for our school districts.

Continuation of Mayoral Control

  • Extension of mayoral control of the New York City School District for an additional two years, until June 30, 2026, ensuring stable and effective governance of our schools.

STRENGTHENING PUBLIC SAFETY

Retail Theft Initiatives

  • $40.2 million allocated for dedicated Retail Theft Teams within State Police, District Attorneys' offices, and local law enforcement.

  • 100 New York State Police personnel focused on organized retail theft.

  • $5 million tax credit to support small businesses in investing in security measures like cameras.

Support for District Attorneys

  • $35.8 million in funding for District Attorneys to establish and expand dedicated domestic violence units and evidence-based interventions to support victims.

Combating Hate Crimes

  • $35 million earmarked for the Securing Communities Against Hate Grant to protect at-risk sites, including houses of worship and religious schools.

  • Expansion of the list of offenses eligible to be prosecuted as hate crimes.

Gun Violence Prevention

  • $347 million investment in community-based programs to reduce gun violence, supporting law enforcement and nonprofits statewide.

Reducing Recidivism

  • $7.1 million allocated to reduce recidivism and improve reentry into society, including enhanced supervision for parolees, expanded housing opportunities, and increased support for educational programs in correctional facilities.

Domestic Violence Support

  • $5 million allocated for emergency expenses to support domestic violence victims, alongside funding for District Attorneys' offices.

Modernizing Emergency Services

  • $50 million allocated for upgrading emergency services, including improved communication systems and disaster response capabilities.

Protecting Retail Workers

  • Stricter penalties for assaulting retail workers, elevating such assaults to a felony, offering greater protection to frontline staff.

ADVANCING AFFORDABLE HOUSING

New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Improvements

  • Allocated $140 million to enhance living conditions and address long-standing maintenance issues for NYCHA residents.
     

Mitchell-Lama Preservation and Home Ownership

  • Invested $80 million to ensure the continuation and maintenance of affordable housing options for middle-income families.

Public Housing Authorities Support

  • Allocated $75 million to boost support for public housing facilities outside of NYC.

Vacant Unit Repairs

  • Dedicated $40 million to repair vacant units outside of NYC, reducing the number of uninhabitable public housing units.

Homeowner Protection Program (HOPP)

  • Provided $40 million for legal assistance and support to homeowners facing foreclosure.

Infill Homes Development

  • Invested $40 million to promote the development of new affordable housing units on underused land across the state.
     

Eviction Prevention Legal Services

  • Allocated $15 million to offer legal aid to tenants at risk of eviction, ensuring fair legal representation.

Land Banks Operations and Capital Needs

  • Provided $10 million for land bank operations and an additional $40 million for their capital needs, revitalizing communities by transforming vacant, abandoned, or foreclosed properties.

USDA 515 Rural Rental Housing Preservation

  • Dedicated $10 million to safeguard affordable rural rental housing.

Small Rental Housing Development Initiative

  • Allocated $7 million to support the construction and renovation of small rental housing projects.

Access to Home Program

  • Provided $4 million to help physically disabled residents make necessary home modifications.

Expansion of Tenant Protections

  • Introduced good cause eviction requirements, protecting tenants from unjust evictions and predatory rent increases.

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