York Serves as Partner for Gov’s $10 million Funding for Jamaica Revitalization

York College, CUNY was in the mix on August 17, 2016 as Governor Andrew Cuomo came to Jamaica to announce a $10 million allocation as part of his Downtown Revitalization Initiative, a component of the state’s New York City Regional Economic Development Council (NYCREDC).

Dr. Marcia V. Keizs, president of York College, who serves on the NYCREDC, was on hand, along with the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation and the Office of the Queens Borough President, to accept a symbolic check from the governor, who explained the importance of such investments.

“Downtown neighborhoods are the heartbeat of communities across the state; and investing in their revitalization is key to generating growth statewide,” said Cuomo from the stage of the Jamaica Performing Arts Center. “By capitalizing on Jamaica’s higher education institutions, cultural cornerstones and diversity, we are transforming it into a magnet for opportunity that will continue to attract private investment and generate economic activity for generations to come. This is the beginning of a new chapter in Jamaica’s economic success story and I look forward to seeing this vibrant core of Queens move forward.” 

President Keizs couldn’t agree more.

“I am proud of York’s involvement in the application process for this funding,” said President Keizs, who attended the event with numerous members of her cabinet. “This initiative will help Jamaica’s development agenda and I look forward to partnering with others in this venture.”

For Governor Cuomo, who grew about a mile from York College, it was a homecoming of sorts; and especially since he came bearing gift.

“I thank Governor Cuomo for his vision, as well as Borough President Melinda Katz for her leadership, Ms. Hope Knight and her team at the Greater Jamaica Development Corp. for their insight and hard work, said Keizs.

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