Public Investments Toward Capital Upgrades to Keep CUNY Colleges in Queens Competitive

QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz today announced an allocation of $3.64 million of her Fiscal Year 2017 discretionary capital dollars to fund projects at four of the City University of New York (CUNY) public institutions of higher learning in Queens. The funding will enhance the educational experience for CUNY students who attend Queens College in Flushing, York College in Jamaica, Queensborough Community College in Bayside and LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City. The fifth CUNY institution in Queens – CUNY School of Law in Long Island City – did not request any capital funding from the Borough President this year.

“As the third-largest university system in the United States, CUNY offers a high-quality and remarkably affordable and competitive higher education that enables the pursuit of the American Dream,” said Borough President KATZ.  “CUNY has been a critical door to opportunities for millions of New Yorkers and their families, and here in Queens we’re proud to be home to some of the best of CUNY schools. This multi-million dollar allocation of public funding is a direct investment into the public colleges of our borough so that CUNY remains able to meet the educational needs of its hard-working students.”

“Queens Borough President Katz had provided critical and generous funding for CUNY projects that will enhance program quality, student experience and college value at Queens, York, LaGuardia and Queensborough Community Colleges,” said CUNY Chancellor JAMES B. MILLIKEN. “I deeply appreciate her commitment to CUNY, which has such a positive impact on the borough and city.”

The $3.64 million allocation for capital projects at the Queens CUNY campuses breaks down as follows:

This year’s $3.64 million allocation comes on top of the $8.75 million previously allocated by Borough President Katz between Fiscal Years 2015-16 toward CUNY capital projects.


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