Weiner study shows major budget cuts could hit Queens
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Representative Anthony Weiner with Queens College Student Association President Gabriella Berrezueta.
Representative Anthony Weiner with Queens College Student Association President Gabriella Berrezueta.
Congressman Anthony Weiner released a study last Tuesday, February 15, discussing the impact that major Republican budget cuts will have on residents of Queens. Under the plan, Weiner says that Queens could lose millions of dollars in funding for police, education, transportation, infrastructure, and health in human services.

In a press release, Weiner noted that the proposal also calls for eliminating $20 million in funding for for buses, rail and security infrastructure, and projects in Queens.

“With the MTA already facing a widespread deficit and reducing service to residents, including shutting down the Q74 bus line, the only direct mode of transportation for Queens College students to Kew Gardens Hills, these cuts would come to services already cut to the bone,” the release stated.

In relation to transportation, $16 million would also be cut from air traffic control in JFK and LaGuardia airports. And a budget cut of $57 million to Pell Grants, which help low-income students pay for higher education, is also in the talks.

“The deficit needs to be reduced, but cutting Pell Grants for low-income college students and reducing other vital services is not the way to do it,” Weiner said.

In addition to students, over 150 cops across the city are said to be affected by the cuts. “When the GOP starts recklessly slashing the budget, nothing is safe, not even our safety,” Weiner said.

The study also noted that $47 million from public housing and development plans could be cut and another $2.5 million will be cut from child care services for low-income families. In addition, $200,000 will be taken from nursing homes and senior centers nutrition programs. According to the study, the Drinking Water Revolving Fund, which works to ensure that local Queens residents receive clean and safe drinking water, would be cut by $12.5 million.

“We need to reduce the deficit, but we need to get our priorities straight. Unfortunately, the Republicans still don't get it,” he said.

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