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TECHNOLOGY CENTER POWERED BY TIME WARNER CABLE OFFICIALLY OPENS AT THE GERARD CARTER COMMUNITY CENTER ON STATEN ISLAND

Release Date: 10/03/2011

I.S. 49 students access e-learning programs with the latest technologies at the Technology Center powered by Time Warner Cable at the Gerard Carter Community Center in Staten Island. From l. to r. Congressman Michael Grimm and Time Warner Cable Vice President of Communications for New York City Bobby Amirshahi.

Congressman Michael G. Grimm (R-NY), Representatives from Jewish Community Center of Staten Island, Department of Youth and Community Development Join Time Warner Cable for Official Ceremony

New York, NY – October 3, 2011 – Time Warner Cable today announced the official opening of its Technology Center powered by Time Warner Cable at the Gerard Carter Community Center in Stapleton, Staten Island.  The state-of-the-art facility serves as a vital resource to residents in the community, and provides access to the latest Internet technologies and specialized e-learning programs.  An official ceremony was held today at the Gerard Carter Community Center with Time Warner Cable, Congressman Michael G. Grimm, Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) Commissioner Jeanne B. Mullgrav, Jewish Community Center (JCC) Executive Director David Sorkin with special guests including representatives from the offices of New York State Assembly Member Matthew Titone, New York City Council Member Debbie Rose and students from I.S. 49.

The Technology Center powered by Time Warner Cable is fully equipped with state-of-the-art computers, computer software, Time Warner Cable Business Class High-Speed Internet service, flat screen high definition (HD) televisions, HD cable service including an HD DVR and digital cameras -- all underwritten by Time Warner Cable. 

“A strong community partner, such as the Gerard Carter Community Center, is critical to the success of our state-of-the-art Technology Centers,” said Ken Fitzpatrick, President of East Region, Time Warner Cable Business Class.  “Time Warner Cable is committed to making broadband widely accessible in our communities.  Each Center powered by Time Warner Cable houses new computers, tablets, educational software and other technologies and features Wideband, the company’s fastest Internet service.”

“The Gerard Carter Community Center is an integral part of Stapleton’s future. I applaud Time Warner Cable’s efforts to invest in the center in order to bring technology-based services to the community,” said Congressman Michael G. Grimm. “The Technology Center will provide residents with greater access to the Internet and opportunities to benefit from state-of-the-art technology, in addition to existing services and resources already enjoyed by those at the community center.”

“Thanks to Time Warner Cable, everyone at the Gerard Carter Community Center will be able to use the latest technology to connect to employment and education resources through the use of this computer center,” said DYCD Commissioner Jeanne B. Mullgrav. “When we’re talking about our young people, one thing is abundantly clear – having access to technology is a critical component of making sure they can compete in the 21st century economy.  Opening the doors to this center will literally open the door to opportunity for hundreds of area residents.”

“The value of the Technology Center powered by Time Warner Cable cannot be measured in dollars,” said Vicki Roitman, Assistant Executive Director of the JCC. “Providing the children, youth and adults of this community with state-of-the-art computer technology will enrich their lives and assist them academically in ways that will have far reaching benefits both now and in the future.”

The Gerard Carter Community Center, which was named after a fallen NYPD Officer and officially opened its doors in April, is the latest addition to DYCD’s Cornerstone Initiative. Announced by Mayor Bloomberg in 2009, Cornerstone Community Centers provide engaging activities year-round for young people and adults. Programs are located at 25 NYCHA Community Centers in all five boroughs. Youth programs are designed to help participants acquire the skills and attitudes they need to graduate from high school, succeed in their chosen career, and give back to the community. Adult programs are designed to enhance skills and promote social interaction, community engagement and physical activity. 

The Police Athletic League’s Harlem Center in Upper Manhattan and Sunnyside Community Services in Sunnyside, Queens each house a Technology Center powered by Time Warner Cable. 

To learn more about Time Warner Cable’s initiatives with the Technology Centers powered by Time Warner Cable, visit http://www.timewarnercable.com/nynj/about/community/techcenters.html


About Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable is the second-largest cable operator in the U.S., with well-clustered systems located mainly in five geographic areas — New York State (including New York City), the Carolinas, Ohio, southern California (including Los Angeles) and Texas.  Time Warner Cable serves more than 14 million customers who subscribe to one or more of its video, high-speed data and voice services.  Time Warner Cable Business Class offers a suite of phone, Internet, Ethernet and cable television services to businesses of all sizes. Time Warner Cable Media, the advertising arm of Time Warner Cable, offers national, regional and local companies innovative advertising solutions that are targeted and affordable.  More information about the services of Time Warner Cable is available at www.timewarnercable.com, www.twcbc.com and www.twcmedia.com.

About DYCD
DYCD supports New York City’s afterschool and youth workforce development programs throughout the five boroughs. The agency also oversees funding for anti-poverty programs, such as adult literacy and immigrant services. For more information, please go to www.nyc.gov/dycd or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About JCC
The Jewish Community Center of Staten Island is one of the largest social service agencies in Staten Island. Non-profit and non-sectarian, it serves individuals and families throughout the borough, providing essential social, cultural, recreational, educational and nutritional programs as well as counseling and referral services. In addition to programs at its three sites and summer day camp, the JCC offers Beacon After-school programs, ESOL, literacy and health insurance programs at over 30 locations.

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