CUNY Law receives $1.5M for major renovation of community and educational hub

June 7, 2024 Robert Abruzzese, Courthouse Editor
CUNY School of Law has received $1.5 million to transform a decommissioned kitchen into a multi-use Worker Education and Development Center, enhancing its community and educational facilities. Wiki Commons photo by Evulaj90
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The City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law has been awarded $1.5 million for a renovation project aimed at transforming a decommissioned kitchen into the CUNY School of Law Worker Education and Development Center. The new 3,800-square-foot multi-use space will be designed for classes, events, and community engagement.

“I am thrilled to provide $1.5 million in funding for CUNY School of Law for a critical renovation project that will provide much-needed flexible space for learning, gathering and community engagement,” said Councilmember Julie Won. “This funding will support CUNY Law’s longstanding mission of making an affordable legal education accessible to New Yorkers while also connecting people with resources and events that advance social justice advocacy here in Queens and beyond.”

The renovation project began with the dismantling of the disused commercial kitchen, made possible by ResoA funding from the New York City Council through Councilmember Won. Additionally, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards contributed $1 million in capital funding. CUNY Law has donated much of the kitchen equipment to LaGuardia Community College and Queensborough Community College.

“We are grateful for Councilmember Won’s support and the ongoing support of the entire Queens Delegation of the City Council and Queens Borough Hall,” said Sudha Setty, Dean of CUNY School of Law. “This investment will greatly enhance our ability to serve our students and the Queens community more broadly.”

The funding will also cover network and audiovisual system updates across the campus, building on previous investments from the City Council and Queens Borough President.

“I’m proud to partner with Councilmember Won to bring much-needed renovations to the CUNY School of Law on behalf of the students and staff of this great institution,” said Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. “The students and staff of CUNY School of Law deserve nothing but the highest quality spaces to learn and work, and these renovations will help them gain just that.”

CUNY Law, known for its public interest focus, has been a cornerstone in the Queens community, hosting events like BETA NYC, CUNY Citizenship Now!, a city-wide WMBE seminar, and various Department of Health meetings and training over the past year.

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