Queens lawmaker welcomes kids back to school with significant infrastructure investments

The look on the faces of the students at Challenge Charter School in Far Rockaway when they snuck a look at all of the zeroes that were on the oversized check presented to them by Councilwoman Selvena Brooks-Powers was priceless. The councilwoman welcomed students back in-person at five schools in her district when they reopened for the 2023-24 school year earlier this month, each of which is slated to receive capital investments.

“For too long, districts like mine — outer borough communities of color — have been denied proportionate investments in our infrastructure, including and especially in our school buildings,” Brooks-Powers said. “I am proud to have secured record capital commitments in this year’s budget for District 31.”