Queens councilman secures $37 million in city budget for District 19 community improvements


A Queens lawmaker recently secured a record $37 million in funding for improvements to northeast Queens for Fiscal Year 2022.

On July 2, Councilman Paul Vallone made the announcement following the passage of the $98.7 million city budget on Wednesday, June 30. As part of the final budget of his tenure in the City Council, Vallone secured funding for District 19 green spaces, schools, organizations, nonprofits and quality of life improvements for his constituents.

During his eight years in the City Council, the lawmaker fought for and secured over $160 million for his district, which covers Auburndale, Bay Terrace, Bayside, Beechhurst, College Point, Douglaston, Flushing, Little Neck, Malba and Whitestone. Of the over $160 million, $42 million went toward upgrades to local schools and over $72 million was used for improvements to district parks.