The Council of the City of New York
Office of Council Member Costa Constantinides
For Immediate Release
October 8, 2015
Contact: Shachar Sharon
Constantinides Unveils New Technology Upgrades at PS 234
Astoria, N.Y. – Classrooms at PS 234 were outfitted with brand new desktop computers and printers. These technology upgrades were part of a $900,000 allocation from New York City Council Member Costa Constantinides (Astoria) in the FY ’15 city budget. The district’s public schools received funding for technology upgrades including desktops, printers, laptop, and SMART Boards.
Constantinides visited PS 234 today to see the desktops in use by the students and teachers.
“I am proud to have allocated funding to further improve our district’s public schools,” said Constantinides. “Our classrooms are the keystone of our educational system. With advances in technology happening daily, it is important that we make sure our children and teachers have all the resources and tools they need at their disposal.”
Constantinides has made technology and school upgrades a priority of his annual discretionary capital budget allocations. During this current fiscal year, a total of $1.145 million was designated for school technology upgrades. He allocated $900,000 of his discretionary budget to technology upgrades equally among the fifteen public schools in the district. In addition, as part of Participatory Budgeting, $245,000 was allocated for technology upgrades at several schools throughout District 22.
Additional allocations included $300,000 to renovate bathrooms at PS 151 and $200,000 to create a music room at PS 2 for children to receive arts education. Constantinides also allocated $50,000 to study the installation of solar panels on the roof of PS 122. Solar panels would help us reach our city’s commitment to reduce our carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 and would also allow children to learn first-hand about 21st Century green technology.
This current budget includes increased resources for children citywide through universal school breakfast for elementary school students and funding for 52,000 summer youth jobs.
Council Member Costa Constantinides represents the New York City Council’s 22nd District, which includes his native Astoria along with parts of Woodside, East Elmhurst, and Jackson Heights. He serves as the chair the City Council’s Environmental Protection Committee and sits on six additional committees: Civil Service & Labor, Contracts, Cultural Affairs, Oversight & Investigations, Sanitation, and Transportation. For more information, visit council.nyc.gov/costa.