“I applaud Governor Cuomo, Speaker Heastie, Majority Leader Skelos and the New York State Legislature for the passage of the New York State budget, which includes critical funding to help strengthen New York City. I am especially pleased with the State Legislature’s commitment to supporting the 400,000 New Yorkers who live in public housing by committing $100 million to NYCHA, and for the State’s continued investment in Pre-K, which will help put the next generation of New Yorkers on the pathway to success.

I also thank the State Legislature for recognizing the need for more public transportation options in underserved neighborhoods in New York City. New Metro-North stations in the Bronx will help ensure more New Yorkers have access to mass transit, and I appreciate the State’s important investment in New York City.”