Statement on the Proposed Incubation Site for District 30

February 21, 2018

I am grateful to the many parents and interested community leaders who took the time to make suggestions regarding kindergarten classes in Hunters Point, Court square and Long Island City. The latest proposed plan from the NYC Department of Education office of enrollment seems to be a step in the right of direction, providing parents with additional location choices at the Court Square Jackson Ave Pre-K. I am thankful to the District 30 Community Education Council, the Gantry Parents Association, the Court Square Civic Association, Queens Community Board 2, the Hunters Point Civic Association, LIC coalition and the P.S. 78 Parent-Teacher Association. I would also like to thank Dr. Composto, Mr. Pavone, Deputy Chancellor Elizabeth Rose, President Lorraine Grillo and her team at the School Construction Authority and my colleagues in government for working towards solutions. In addition, I will continue to advocate for the trailers that are currently near P.S. 78 to remain as a short term solution.

Until we have more support from the many developers who have personally benefitted from the construction in LIC and more attention from NYC government, including from NYC Planning and the NYC Economic Development Corporation, we will continue to face these problems. The long term issues must be addressed by investing in our infrastructure so that we can responsibly plan for additional schools, hospitals, public transit, adequate roads and green space as additional residents continue to move into our communities. My thanks again, however, for the progress that has been made and I look forward to hearing feedback from parents.