LaGuardia Community College Recognizes Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer for Acquiring Funding for Constructing Elevators on December 15

Long Island City, NY—LaGuardia Community College on December 15 recognized New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer for the instrumental role he played in seeking funding for the construction of two elevators and the overhaul of four elevators in the College’s C-Building.

With Council Member Van Bramer’s support, the City Council, along with the Queens Borough President’s Office, funded 50% of the $5.5 million project, which included the construction of two new elevators and the renovation of the elevator lobbies.  In the case of the $3 million overhaul of the four existing elevators, the Queens Borough President and City Council made up half of the total funding. The City University of New York (CUNY), provided the rest of the funds.

“The construction and renovation of the six elevators improve the quality of life for our students,” said Dr. Gail O. Mellow, President of LaGuardia Community College. “LaGuardia’s national reputation for academic excellence has led to rapid growth in the number of students attending the college.  With the help of City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and the leadership of Speaker Christine Quinn, we were able to construct new elevators to meet our students’ needs.” 

“La Guardia Community College is a premier institution in our city and state and it is imperative that we continue to invest in its infrastructure to make sure that the environment is conducive to learning,” said Council Member Van Bramer.  “That’s why I am proud to have allocated significant capital dollars towards the school’s facade and elevator capital project.”

The six elevators in this bustling C-Building, help 2,700 students get to the 89 classrooms and labs during any given peak hour.  Add to that number 400 faculty and staff.

“Elevators help people go up and down,” said Dr. Mellow.  “This is a good thing.”

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LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success educating underserved students. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit to learn more.