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Velázquez Secures More Than $3.2 Million for Community Projects

By Brooklyn Eagle

January 11, 2008

Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, D-Brooklyn, has secured $3.2 million in federal funding for educational, economic development and environmental projects to benefit the Brooklyn community.

Among the projects for which she has secured funding are $321,000 for training equipment at Woodhull Hospital, $400,000 to help develop a full-service family practice medical office at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, and $214,000 for an obesity, diabetes and HIV/AIDS prevention program developed by El Puente.

Other programs to receive funding are $250,000 for the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corp.’s Red Hook Green Roof Project; $282,000 to expand ongoing education programs sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy; and $188,000 for expansion of the Brooklyn Arts Council’s education project.

In addition, the Grand Street Settlement received $188,000 to help support its Community Technology Center and Computer Clubhouse; the Hispanic Information Telecommunications Network received $282,000 to fund literacy initiatives; and the Chinese-American Planning Council received $195,000 to offer counseling, employment training, ESL education and vocational training.