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GRYC Gets $1 Million

GRYC Gets $1 Million

Surrounded by the young members of the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council, (l. to r.) state Senator Serphin R. Maltese, GRYC President Bob Monahan and City Councilmember Anthony Como hold a specimen check representing $1 million in capital funding that Maltese secured, making it possible for the GRYC to obtain a building and thereby expand its services to area youth and their families. 

The Greater Ridgewood Youth Council has received $1 million in capital funding from state Senator Serphin R. Maltese (R-C, Glendale). The funds will be used to help obtain a building to allow the group to expand its services to area youth and families.


“I am pleased to secure this funding for the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council,” Maltese said. “I commend GRYC President Bob Monahan and his dedicated staff for the tireless work they do with the youth of our community and the vision they have in expanding to offer even more services to a greater number of youngsters.”


For nearly 30 years the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council (GRYC) has served the community. It is the largest independent youth serving agency within Community Board 5, presently serving close to 6,000 children and families annually. The GRYC is a not-for-profit agency that provides a variety of programs, including after school programs, recreation, counseling, truancy prevention, job readiness and employment opportunities, as well as a host of other services.


Serphin R. Maltese, first elected to the New York state Senate in November 1988, was reelected to his 10th term on the Republican, Conservative and Independence Party lines in 2006. He represents more than 320,000 constituents of all ages in the 15th Senatorial District, which as well as Glendale, includes Forest Hills Gardens, Hamilton Beach, Howard Beach, Maspeth, Middle Village, Old Howard Beach, Ridgewood, Woodhaven, and parts of Elmhurst, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Ozone Park, Rego Park, Richmond Hill, South Richmond Hill, South Ozone Park, Sunnyside and Woodside.


City Councilmember Anthony Como was elected to represent the 30th Council District in a special election on June 5. The 30th Council District includes Glendale as well as Middle Village, Maspeth, Ridgewood, Richmond Hill and Woodhaven.

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