This $71 million has been approved in this year's 2013 City Capital budget and will be allocated over a four year period through a combined effort by the Council and the Bloomberg Administration. The State will also match the $71 million in funds to create a total of $142 million for the CUNY system to help with maintenance issues.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn discussed the need for this funding at the announcement on Wednesday when she said that without a this money CUNY schools face problems regarding keeping their facilities in good condition. Without these maintenance issues being taken care of there are no classrooms to teach college students, she said.
She said, “We now have $142 million distributed mostly to the community colleges to do things like fix roves, put in heating systems, fire alarms, fix crumbling facade. What this means is that more of the buildings will be usable and safer for students who go to community colleges.”
One college that is already utilizing the money is LaGuardia Community College which is replacing the facade on the side of their Center 3 Building. This building, a former Nabisco factory, desperately needs renovations to the outside of the building which is currently underway. The 100-year-old building will be replaced by a modern, energy-efficient facade using the money alloted by the capital budget.
LaGuardia Community College is in the district of Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer. He spoke at the announcement of the funding and said his constituents need CUNY to operate at their fullest potential. Bramer said that many privileged individuals go to college but, “So do immigrants, so do young people who come from families who don't have a lot of money or a history of going to college.
He said, “Hope starts here.”