I had the privilege of attending Queens Borough President Melinda Katz State of the Borough address on Jan. 27 at York College in Jamaica.
Here is a quick recap:
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz highlighted:
the transformation of the skyline along the East River
the improvements to the New York State Pavilion & Arthur Ashe Stadium
the investments in Jamaica through the Jamaica Now Action Plan and LaGuardia and JFK Airports.
the 5 percent increase in jobs since 2013
34 planned hotels in the borough and $60 billion in economic activity from both airports
LaGuardia Airport is currently going through a $4 billion construction project, the first complete rebuild of any airport nationwide in more than 20 years.
JFK Airport will receive a $10 billion overhaul.
where two high schools including Townsend Harris High School and Queens High School for the Sciences are ranked among the Top 10 in New York State.
Katz also pointed out challenges – Queens still has the highest overcrowding rate where elementary schools are at 119 percent capacity and high schools are at 111 percent capacity.
Since 2013, 11 new schools were created and six existing schools have been expanded. A 461% increase in pre-K seats has resulted in 20,000 seats for toddlers and 43 classroom trailers have been removed.
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