Matteo secures $3M for new lights at Wagner HS athletic fields –

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Wagner High School athletic fields will be getting new lights thanks to $3 million in funding from Councilman Steven Matteo (R-Mid-Island), which he secured in the fiscal 2021 budget so that students and community can use the school’s state-of-the-art athletic facility in the evening.

The funding is part of more than $5.3 million Matteo was able to secure from the budget to renovate and upgrade school facilities in the Mid-Island.

“These lights will vastly improve access to what is an already a state-of-the-art athletic facility, building on the legacy created by my predecessor, Borough President James Oddo. Nearly 15 years ago, when I worked for then-Councilman Oddo, we fought to renovate the outdoor fields at Wagner High School, replacing them with a multi-sport facility that could handle the rigors of heavy use while also providing the best training facilities possible,” Matteo said in a statement.

“Last year, when Wagner Principal David Cugini and his staff asked me to fund lighting so athletes could use the fields at night, I was more than happy to help. I am grateful to Speaker Johnson for once again helping me get this done for Staten Islanders,” he added.

This year, virtually all city agencies experienced budgetary cuts in the city’s $88.1 fiscal 2021 budget as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

In the fiscal 2021 budget, Matteo was also able to secure $300,000 to continue renovations at the Markham Playground at I.S. 51; $75,000 toward bathroom makeovers at P.S. 23 The Richmondtown School; $75,000 for gym locker renovations at Staten Island Technical High School; $75,000 for lighting upgrades at New Dorp High School; and $50,000 to improve playground and auditorium accessibility at P.S. 37 The David Marquis School of Arts.

Since Matteo took office in January 2014, he has invested $20.2 million in capital funding to improve school facilities across the borough in addition to tens of thousands of discretionary dollars for a number of school programs, including autistic services, academic support and parent-teacher associations.

Construction of field lighting is still in the preliminary planning phase and does not yet have a start date.

The roughly 200,000-square foot FieldTurf facility was completed in 2012 and is used by the school’s football, baseball, softball, track and field, soccer and lacrosse teams.