January 9, 2017
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Presents 15th Proposal of 2017 State of the State: Regional Investments to Move New York City Forward

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Expand Access to Affordable Healthcare with $50 Million Investment in Montefiore Health System

Establish Brooklyn as a Center of Community Health and Wellness

Make Verrazano Bridge Toll Reductions Permanent for Staten Island Commuters

Invest $10 Million in Orchard Beach Pavilion Redevelopment

Provide Financing to Develop Kingsbridge National Ice Center

Incorporate the Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities into CUNY

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced six major regional investments to move New York City's outer boroughs forward. These projects focus on the health and future growth of communities, from preserving affordable health care to promoting urban recreation to moving economic development projects forward.

"These projects will strengthen New York City by investing in the health, vitality and future success of our communities," Governor Cuomo said. "New York City's outer boroughs are too often ignored, and these projects will help transform them into vibrant centers of economic activity and community wellness, ensuring a better future for all."

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$50 Million Investment in Montefiore Health System to Expand Affordable Healthcare

Governor Cuomo proposes investing $50 million in Montefiore Health System to expand the availability of affordable healthcare and support cutting edge research. Montefiore Health System is a critical safety net health care provider in the Bronx that is also a leader in the Governor's healthcare delivery transformation strategy. These investments will enable Montefiore to extend its leading healthcare delivery model to other parts of the Bronx and lower Hudson Valley. 

Transform Community Health and Wellness in Brooklyn

More than 1.2 million New Yorkers in central and eastern Brooklyn have health status indicators that are among the worst in New York State. The underlying causes of these poor health outcomes include inadequate access to healthcare services and few opportunities to engage in healthy activities. 

"New York City's outer boroughs are too often ignored, and these projects will help transform them into vibrant centers of economic activity and community wellness, ensuring a better future for all."

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Governor Cuomo proposes a series of initiatives as part of a community health and wellness transformation in central and eastern Brooklyn:

  • Establish Brooklyn as a primary location for the FreshConnect Mobile Markets and FreshConnect Checks program expansion to increase access to healthy foods in the area.
  • Launch a hospital-based food pilot program to connect food-insecure patients with nutritional programs
  • Expand the New York State Land Bank program to facilitate the identification and use of vacant or underutilized lands to establish new community gardens and pop-up parks 
  • Build up to 3,000 units of new affordable and supportive housing that incorporate wellness-related features such as exercise rooms, rooftop gardens, and health clinics
  • Develop a community-based healthcare delivery-system which includes a major focus on ambulatory and primary care



Permanent Toll Reductions at Verrazano Bridge 

Governor Cuomo proposes to offer permanent toll reductions on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. In recognition of the vital role that the Verrazano Bridge plays in the daily lives of Staten Islanders, Governor Cuomo first announced renewable toll relief in 2014. This proposal will make that reduced fare permanent for the thousands of commuters and commercial vehicles who depend on the bridge to get to and from Staten Island every day. 

$10 Million for Orchard Beach Pavilion Redevelopment 

Governor Cuomo will provide $10 million in additional funds necessary for the redevelopment of Orchard Beach's historic pavilion at Pelham Bay Park to promote urban recreation. Opening in 1938, Orchard Beach was one of Robert Moses's major projects and remains a signature feature of Pelham Bay Park. The project will be a complete rebuild of the pavilion and add a performance space and first rate concessions. 

Financing to Develop Kingsbridge National Ice Center

Under Governor Cuomo's direction, Empire State Development will provide $108 million in financing for the redevelopment of the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx to move forward. The Kingsbridge National Ice Center will bring new life to the century-old armory and transform it into a hub of economic activity and commercial potential. 

Incorporate the Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities into CUNY

Governor Cuomo will convene a blue ribbon panel of stakeholders to examine the feasibility of transitioning the Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities from the State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities to the City University of New York’s College of Staten Island. The Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities is the only research institute in New York conducting research into the causes and manifestations of developmental disabilities, and the Panel will make recommendations to build on previous research success and solidify the Institute as a long-term State asset. 

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