Regional Administrator Adolfo Carrión Attends Bronx Town Hall Meeting

[Photo: Regional Administrator Adolfo Carrión speaking to participants of Bronx Town Hall meeting]
Regional Administrator Adolfo Carrión speaking to participants of Bronx Town Hall meeting

Regional Administrator Adolfo Carrión joined city and county officials and health and transportation representatives at a Town Hall meeting at Fordham University to discuss efforts to strengthen the Bronx's connection to the region's rail hubs, as well as explore ways to expand jobs, affordable housing, and public transportation.

The New York-Connecticut Sustainable Communities Consortium, which hosted the town hall meeting, sought public input for a three-year effort its undertaking to improve jobs, housing, transportation and the environment in the Bronx as well as city-wide. The meeting focused on connecting the Bronx to the region utilizing MTA Metro-North stations and surrounding areas, as well as other initiatives led by the Consortium. The meeting also included a discussion of how the partnership is working to expand job and housing opportunities, ways that the City of New York and federal, state and regional agencies are participating in the effort, how to obtain preferred status for federal grant applications, and opportunities to get involved in planning for the region.

The New York-Connecticut Sustainable Communities Consortium, a partnership between the federal government and 17 cities, counties and organizations in New York and Connecticut, represents an unprecedented bi-state collaboration of cities, counties and regional planning organizations. This initiative, funded with a $3.5 million U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant, will integrate housing, economic development, transportation and environmental planning. The goal of the consortium is to reposition the New York-Connecticut region to fully harness its innovation capabilities in a competitive global environment, build on its strong foundation of energy efficiency, and become as equitable as it is efficient. Its primary focus is to leverage the most extensive and robust transit system in the nation by developing livable communities with mixed-income housing and employment at key nodes in the MTA Metro-North Railroad and MTA Long Island Rail Road network.


Content Archived: May 20, 2014