Majority Leader Van Bramer Announces Funding Allocation For Lighting At The Ravenswood Houses

On April 18th, New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer was joined by New York City Housing Authority Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye and residents of the Ravenswood Houses to announce he has secured the final amount of funding needed to begin installing state-of-the-art lighting systems throughout the housing development.

Council Member Van Bramer has made it a priority to upgrade the lighting systems at the Ravenswood Houses in an effort to improve security for neighborhood residents and seniors. Since taking office, Council Member Van Bramer has helped secure $4 million to fund the entire project.

“With this funding we will finally overhaul the entire lighting system at the Ravenswood Houses,” said Council Member Van Bramer. “With these much needed upgrades and improvements this project will enhance security for all residents, families and seniors throughout the development. This project has been a priority for me since the first day I took office. I am proud we were able to secure the necessary funding to make this project a reality.”

“We are so pleased to partner with Council Member Van Bramer to install new exterior lighting at the Ravenswood Houses,” said NYCHA Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye. “These important upgrades will provide safer and better illuminated building entrances, walkways and recreational areas for the benefit of our residents and the community.”

This project includes installation of new lighting, circuitry and controls. The light system will be comprised of LED fixtures that will reduce energy costs while providing more illumination to common areas throughout the housing development. Lighting will be installed in parking lots, along walkways, above building entrances and at play areas and sitting areas. New wall pack fixtures will be installed on the façades of all 31 buildings. 

“With the enhancement of the lighting systems that will be installed here in Ravenswood, seniors will be provided with the additional security they are entitled,” said Christina Serna, Director of the Hanac Ravenswood Senior Center. “We thank Councilman Van Bramer for allocating this funding and making this project happen for the thousands of residents at the Ravenswood Houses.”

“The residents and The Executive Board of the Ravenswood Resident Association, Inc. are very grateful to Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer for listening to our concerns and safety issues about not having enough lights on the grounds of Ravenswood Houses,” said Carol Wilkins, President of the Ravenswood Houses Tenants Association. “We appreciate his ongoing advocacy and true dedication in getting the necessary funding of $4 million to have all new lighting put into Ravenswood Houses, making it safe for all.  As the voice for the residents we are so happy that this will become a reality for our community.”