Thanks for tuning into Staten Island This Week, for the end of July. Hosted by our correspondent Hannah Jay, this week's segment takes a closer look at some of the latest news for Staten Islanders.
Here is an outline of what is covered:
New York Receives $200 Million in Supplemental Grants:
On July 25th, State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the availability of Superstorm Sandy Supplemental Social Services Block Grants. Over $200 million in total will be spent on healthcare organizations, and other community-based organizations in the State of New York for Sandy-related expenses.
MTA Expanding Service in Staten Island:
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority recently announced that they will be spending a total of $13.8 million in order to expanding existing public transit in Staten Island, as well as to improve upon existing service. Stay tuned to find out how the money will be allocated, what the planned service changes are, and the specifics of the new bill regarding Select Bus Service.
Goethals Bridge to be Improved
On July 24th, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced that they will be spending $130 million dollars to improve the interchange ramps for optimal traffic flow. Learn how this will impact the roadways, and you.
Two Large Land Plots to be Sold:
Requests have been submitted to convert existing plots of land on Staten Island's South Shore and Mid-Island Sections. Both located on Arthur Kill Road, one of these is a former correctional facility, and the other is a former amusement park.
New Housing This Week:
This past week, there were three permit acceptances for the borough of Staten Island. New homes will be constructed in the neighborhoods of Westerleigh, Princes Bay, and Tottenville.
Upcoming Events and Park Closures This Week:
This week, we have a couple of beach closures to annouce, then we segue into Upcoming Events. The middle of August will feature concerts, puppet shows, a film in the park, and a festival at the beach.