2004-10-28 / Top Stories

CB 18 Says City Is Ignoring Local Budget Requests

By Dara Mormile

Reconstruction of Canarsie’s streets is a budget priority that has gone unfunded by the city, said Dorothy Turano, district manager of Community Board 18 during the group’s monthly meeting last week in the Kings Plaza Community Room.

“It’s sad,” said Turano, who compiled the State-ment of District Needs and Priorities Report for the Fiscal Year 2006. “There is nothing being done to satisfy our budget.”

Various civic and block associations had submitted budget requests to Turano for review and CB 18 Chairman Saul Needle went over them. Some submissions included the reconstruction of East 100 Street and Farragut Road to the dead end, and Avenue M from East 72 Street to East 73 Street.

Needle said last year’s report, which called for the reconstruction of Strickland Avenue from National Drive to Mill Avenue and the maintenance of catch basins there, was turned down by the city but the requests are being re-submitted in this year’s report.

“To be honest, these are the same priorities we keep submitting,” said Turano. “We’re probably going to submit the same ones for many years to come,” she added.

Needle said the city’s Office of Management and Budget accepts a maximum of 40 capital submissions (streets, infrastructure, etc). and twenty-five expense submissions (work force). “Agencies cannot fund an item unless it is in the top 15 requests. Those handled by the Department of Transportation are taken first.”

Turano said there are no new projects going on in the community and recapped the progress of the Paerdegat Basin Project, which was supposed to be finished in 2003. That project will take several more years to complete than expected, she said.

“If you look at the reports and the responses we get from the agencies next year, we’ll get the same answer: ‘This request cannot be funded in 2005. Please resubmit for reconsideration in 2006.’ And that’s what we’re doing,” Turano said. “There’s nothing coming into our board except what we’re getting from the elected officials – and we’ll probably make the same requests for 2007.”

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