New York, NY – December 21, 2018 - Council Member Ben Kallos came to 92nd Street Y for a ribbon-cutting celebrating his strong support for the organization. He and the New York City Council have provided significant support for capital improvements at 92Y, including a security upgrade, new fire alarm system, and improvements to the façade and roof of the building’s North Wing. These renovations are part of 92Y’sTime to Build Campaign, a broader effort to renovate the historic building for the next generation.
Henry Timms, 92Y’s President & CEO; Jim O’Hara, Deputy Executive Director & CFO; and Kevin Green, Director of Security Operations, greeted Council Member Kallos and gave him a tour of first-floor security enhancements and façade improvements.
After additional words of acknowledgment from other 92Y leadership for Council Member Kallos’ strong support, the Council Member cut a ribbon between the security desks. Seniors in 92Y’s Himan Brown Senior Program swiped their newly issued security badges at the desk, demonstrating the new controlled access system. Council Member Kallos was then presented with his own security badge.
“I am proud to represent such a wonderful organization, a true pillar of the community,” said Council Member Kallos. “I am delighted that I could be helpful in providing City Council funding for these vital upgrades to the building and for a range of 92Y arts education programs in District 5 schools and senior centers.”
Council Member Kallos and the City Council support in-school and after-school arts education programs for New York City public school students, including at PS 183, Eleanor Roosevelt HS, PS 151 Yorkville Community School, and PS 527 East Side School for Social Action in Council Member Kallos’ District 5. 92Y has been working with PS 527 since it was founded.
Council Member Kallos’s SU-CASA grant allocation last spring allowed 92Y to offer a weekly Exploration in Visual Arts course to seniors at Stanley Isaacs Senior Center and Roosevelt Island Senior Center.