Gov. Cuomo announces $1.4B plan for central BK

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday a $1.4 billion plan to fight poverty in central Brooklyn, which he argued has been left behind as the rest of the borough receives the economic benefits of new development.



"There are still entrenched pockets of poverty in this state, in our cities, that we have still yet to conquer," the governor said. "One of the greatest areas of need in the entire state is central Brooklyn, and it's not even close."



The plan, dubbed Vital Brooklyn, first aims to fund improved health care while also supporting affordable housing, violence prevention, education and other services.



One of the goals is to create more than 5 acres of open space at state-funded housing sites and ensure that no one in the area lives more than 10 minutes from a park.



Funding for the proposal is included in Cuomo's budget proposal for the next fiscal year. State lawmakers could approve it by April 1.


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