Thursday, November 06, 2008


Sent in by Assemblyman Dov Hikind's office

Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) today declared his vehement opposition to the New York City School Construction Authority’s plan to build a new primary school adjacent to P.S. 160, located on 52nd Street between Fort Hamilton Parkway and 11th Avenue. Citing the need to ease overcrowded conditions at P.S. 160, the City plans to develop an annex to accommodate 535 students in pre-kindergarten through grade five.

“Our research revealed that P.S. 160 has a 500 person capacity with a current enrollment of 821 students,” said Assemblyman Hikind. “It is disingenuous for the City to try and justify the need for a 535-seat school for 321 students. Had the School Construction Authority actually done its job, and investigated alternate sites as I did, they would have discovered that neighboring schools such as P.S. 164 are totally underutilized.”

Hikind continued, “Instead, the City, which is already facing a huge budget shortfall, is being fiscally irresponsible. Why would you build a new, absurdly expensive public school in a community which largely attends private schools? This project is wholly unnecessary and financially unsound.”

A public hearing on this issue has been scheduled for Thursday, November 20, 2008 at 6:00PM at the Amico Senior Center: 5901 13th Avenue in Brooklyn. Assemblyman Hikind strongly urges the community to attend this hearing to voice additional opposition.

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