Staten Island – Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D-Mid Island) and Assemblyman Charles Fall (D-North Shore) stood in front of the Broadway YMCA today with YMCA administrators and staff to announce they have secured $1 million from the New York State Assembly to enable the YMCA to reopen.
Closed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic the Broadway YMCA has been unable to reopen due to a lack of financial resources to cover operating costs and the costs of essential repairs to the facility. In recent months there has been much speculation about the fate of the long-time pillar of the community. Rumors which circulated on social media indicated that the YMCA would be unable to reopen and would be closing permanently if they remained unable to obtain any financial assistance. Today’s announcement puts those rumors to rest and guarantees that the Broadway YMCA will once again be able to serve the North Shore community.
“The Broadway YMCA has served as a pillar of this community for decades and the prospect of permanent closure was deeply troubling” said Assemblyman Cusick. “The programming and resources offered by the Broadway Y have benefitted countless youth, seniors, and families on the North Shore and thanks to this newly secured funding, they will be able to continue to do so for years to come.”
Said Assemblyman Charles Fall, “The Broadway YMCA is a pillar of the North Shore community for many families. I am proud that we were able to secure funding for them to be able to start services for our community again.”
Sharon Greenberger, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater New York expressed her gratitude saying, “We are so excited to be able to restart member services at the Broadway YMCA. Thanks to our elected partners, Assembly Members Michael Cusick and Charles Fall, we will have some of the resources to get the health and fitness operations jumpstarted. We also want to thank the community for your patience and hope that you continue to help us advocate for the resources we need to keep the Broadway Y and our city moving forward.”
Also announced at today’s press conference was the schedule for reopening the Broadway YMCA. Beginning on Monday, July 6 the facility will reopen for indoor group exercise classes and summer day camp. Beginning on Monday, August 2 the facility will reopen for membership services, access to the fitness center, personal training, a comprehensive variety of group exercise classes, the silver sneaker program, family programs, summer day camp, family gym, basketball for members, pickleball for members, pinnacle club, knitting club, book club, tennis, and teen fitness center orientations. Finally, the facility will open for lap swim, aquacise classes, swim classes, family swim, youth sports classes, youth arts classes, early childhood programs,
UPK and 3K programming, and afterschool programming for 3K and UPK on Monday, September 13.