Budgetary Highlights

Since being elected as the first Democrat and first woman to represent District 30 in the City Council, Elizabeth Crowley has been one of the strongest voices at City Hall, advocating for the needs of her hardworking, middle-class constituents.
   
Shortly after being elected, she spearheaded a rezoning to protect the contextual fabric of the district’s neighborhoods from overdevelopment, and also secured the largest historic district in all of Queens.
   
When it comes to public safety, the Council Member played a pivotal role in keeping many FDNY firehouses open and increasing resources for Emergency Medical Services, and also pushed the administration to significantly increase the NYPD’s headcount.
   
During her time in office, the Council Member has worked to create more than 5,400 new school seats for students in City Council District 30, contributing to
  
The creation of new schools:
  • P.S. 273, Richmond Hill – 363 seats
  • P.S. 290 and D75 on campus, Ridgewood – 616 seats
  • Maspeth High School, Maspeth – 1,119 seats
  • Queens Metropolitan High School, Forest Hills – 1,911 seats
and expanding severely overcrowded elementary and middle schools.
  • P.S. 49, Middle Village – 650 seats
  • P.S. 87, Middle Village – 140 seats
  • P.S. 113, Glendale – 446 seats
  • P.S./I.S. 128, Middle Village  (new building and extension) – 1,088 seats
      
Of her many investments in the district, Parks counts as the largest with $25 million since 2009. In this year’s budget, she allocated funds for Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village and Little Bush Park in Woodside. In years prior, she has funded renovations at Evergreen Park in Glendale, Frank Principe Park in Maspeth, Mary Whalen Playground and Forest Park in Woodhaven, and Rosemary’s Playground in Ridgewood.
   
Continuing to keep our neighborhoods beautiful and preserve the quality of life, Council Member Crowley has pushed the administration to embark on several sewer projects, which, once complete, will alleviate flooding and expand and upgrade infrastructure. This includes work done on 54th Avenue and Calamus Avenue in Maspeth, Penelope Avenue in Middle Village, Vermont Place in Ridgewood and an upcoming project on 70th Street in Maspeth, all totaling more than $99 million.
   
Glendale
  • Fully funded extensive renovations to the Glendale Library
  • Fully funded phases I and II of Evergreen Park renovation
  • Funding the creation of a Glendale entrance to Forest Park
  • Spearheading the creation of a Glendale Business Improvement District along Myrtle Avenue, and funded historic streetlamps to beautify the commercial corridor
  • Annually funds Glendale Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc.
  • Annually funds programming at Sacred Heart Catholic Academy of Glendale
  • Annually funds Bobbi and the Strays animal rescue
 
Maspeth
  • Fully funded extensive renovations to Frank Principe Park ball fields
  • Co-named Easter Rising Way and beautified the staircase, clearing graffiti, planting seasonal flowers and more
  • Renovated the roof and lower level of Maspeth Town Hall, and funded HVAC
  • New fire alarm, computer furniture and equipment for Maspeth Library
  • Annually funds Maspeth Town Hall, Maspeth Chamber of Commerce and Communities of Maspeth and Elmhurst Together (COMET)
  • Annually funds programming at Maspeth Selfhelp Community Services for seniors
 
Middle Village
  • Fully funded $4 million renovation to Juniper Valley Park’s Brennan track and field
  • Renovation of handball and bocce courts and hockey rink in Juniper Valley Park
  • Secured clean-up of Metropolitan Avenue three times a week
  • New exercise equipment in Juniper Valley Park
  • Annually funds Maggie’s Little Theater, Salvatore LaRussa Dance Company, St. Margaret’s sports
  • Annually funds programming at the Middle Village Older Adult Center
 
Ridgewood
  • Secured the biggest historic district throughout all of Queens – Ridgewood North, Ridgewood Central
  • Planted more than 300 trees
  • Funded additional day of trash pick-up along Myrtle Avenue, resulting in 7-day sanitation services along the commercial corridor
  • Greater Ridgewood Historical Society’s repair of the roof of the Onderdonk House
  • Secured funding for Greater Ridgewood Youth Council Pre-K Center
  • Annually funds Ridgewood BID, Ridgewood Local Development Corporation, the Greater Ridgewood Restoration Corporation and the Greater Ridgewood Historical Society
  • Annually funds the Ridgewood Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc.
  • Annually funds Grover Cleveland High School science programs
  • Annually funds the Peter Cardella Senior Center, Ridgewood Older Adult Center and Services
 
Woodhaven
  • Landmarked the Forest Park Carousel
  • Renovated Mary Whalen Playground, which hadn’t been updated since the 1970s
  • Renovated the Woodhaven branch of the Queens Library, and also worked with QBPL to create the library’s first Universal Pre-K program
  • Funded new picnic area, renovated seats and installed decorative fencing at the Bandshell in Forest Park
  • Funds Woodhaven BID , Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation, and the Woodhaven Historical Society every year
  • Pushed the MTA to restore the elevated J train in 2009
 
Woodside
  • Co-named Dorothy Neary Way to honor the late community advocate
  • Secured $2 million upgrade for Nathan Weidenbaum Park, also known as Little Bush Park
  • Brought Midori and Friends violin program to P.S. 229 throughout all 8 years in office
 
District-wide, Misc.
  • Funded the behavioral neuroscience lab and molecular cellular lab at Queens College
  • New STEM lab at LaGuardia Community College
  • Mt. Sinai Acute Stroke Center
  • Queens Botanical Garden new education center
  • Queensborough Community College ADA accessibility to the theater
  • Downzoned the entire district in 2009
  • Annually funds the 104th Precinct’s Civilian Observation Patrol (G-COP)
  • Annually funds Friends of Firefighters
  • Annually funds Animal Care and Control of New York