Majority Leader Van Bramer Joins Deputy Mayor Buery To Tour New 180 Seat Universal Pre-K Center

On Wednesday, August 30th, I joined Deputy Mayor Buery to tour the new 180 seat universal Pre-K Center in Long Island City, which was completed in time for the start of the 2017 school year in September. After organizing by area parents and Council Member Van Bramer, the School Construction Authority converted the first two floors of 27-35 Jackson Avenue in Court Square into a universal Pre-K space large enough to accommodate 180 students.

 I am thrilled to see this beautiful new Pre-K Center in Long Island City completed in time for the start of the school year. With incredible parks, museums, and a real sense of community, parents from all over New York City are discovering that Long Island City is a great place to raise a family. Last year, I joined with parents to call for more seats to accommodate this increase in families and expecting parents moving to Long Island City to raise their children. And now, that dream has been realized with the competition of this Pre-K Center, on time and ready for students come September. Applications are now open, and I encourage parents to apply!

 Long Island City is one of the fastest-growing neighborhoods in New York. Over 11,000 residential units have been constructed in the past 10 years, and many expecting and new parents move to the neighborhood to raise their children. Because of this increase in population, the 26th Council District is one of the most overcrowded in the city. That’s why since taking office in 2010, Majority Leader Van Bramer has overseen the construction, siting, or funding of 10 new schools in Western Queens—including the new 350 seat annex at PS11 set to open in Sunnyside in time for the 2017-2018 school year.