Assemblyman Benedetto Delivers Check to Rivers Run

Assemblyman Michael Benedetto Drops by Rivers Run Community Garden in Coop-City to Deliver a Seventy-Five Thousand Dollar Check

By Robert Press

Friday afternoon Assemblyman Michael Benedetto delivered a $75,000.00 check to the Rivers Run Community Garden in Coop-City. The monies will be used towards upkeep and improvements within the Community Garden such as new fencing, benches, walkways, plantings, landscape, and other maintenance needs.

Rivers Run is Coop-City’s first riverfront green space and was developed by community based organizations, including Building 13 Association Inc., Riverbay Corporation, and the City of New York’s Green Thumb program about eight years ago. Another partner to Rivers Run is the New York Botanical Garden, lending material support and guidance. 

“My job in Albany is to find good programs such as Rivers Run” said Assemblyman Benedetto. He added, Rivers Run is a wonderful community based organization that works with local residents to develop lots for planting vegetables and other activities. We need more community gardens throughout my district, and the Bronx. I hope this funding will help preserve Rivers Run as a model for others to look toward


“Rivers Run is an incredible amenity for the Coop-City community,” said Leslie Peterson of the Building 13 Association Inc., and Rivers Run Community Garden. “We appreciate these funds that Assemblyman Benedetto has secured for us, and we plan to use them to build on the good work we already do.”

“Rivers Run is an incredible amenity for the Co-op City community,” said Leslie Peterson of the Building 13 Association, Inc. and Rivers Run“We appreciate these funds that Assembly Member Benedetto has secured for us and we plan to use them to build on the good work we do.”

The grant funds are anticipated to be available to the community within the next few months.



Ms. Peterson thanked Assemblyman Michael Benedetto for the monies for the Rivers Run community garden.


Assemblyman Michael Benedetto looks like he is ready, as he has before, to get to work in the Rivers Run Community Garden.

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