From the Times Ledger:
Following four hours of haggling, CB 7 unanimously approved the city’s plan to build a $1 billion police academy in College Point. This came after the city promised in writing to fast-track an estimated $70 million in roadway and sewer projects for College Point and Whitestone that the board has been clamoring for over the past decade.
“We committed a lot to you guys,” said Scott Sigal, a senior adviser to Deputy Mayor Edward Skyler. “I think we were willing to commit far more than I ever thought we would be.”
The city’s proposed plan would construct a massive $1 billion, 3-million-square-foot police training academy in College Point with 250 classrooms, a field house and a tactical village.
Sigal said because of the economic crisis, the NYPD currently has only $700 million in funding, and will construct the project in phases until additional funding becomes available.