Antonio Announces State Investment In Parma And Senate District 23

On June 1st, the Senate passed the state’s biennial Capital Budget, which included $3.7 million for eleven economic development projects within Ohio’s 23rd Senate District, along with over $23 million for Cuyahoga County as a whole and $90,000 for the City of Parma’s improvements to Hetzel Park, Walters Grove Park and John Petruska Park. It also included $809 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding for school safety grants, state park improvements, trails and local water and sewer infrastructure improvements.

I am happy to have advocated for this important project in Parma that means so much to the community. These state dollars will go a long way towards increasing the quality of the City of Parma’s parks and making sure that they can be enjoyed by all residents.

This process was highly competitive and there were many more worthy projects that sadly did not receive funding awards. However, along with the City of Parma, other projects that I advocated support for and that were chosen to receive capital funding include:

  • $1,700,000 for the Cleveland Zoo
  • $700,000 for Cleveland Christian Home
  • $500,000 for Ohio Aerospace Institute
  • $1 million for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • $1 million for the Bellefaire Jewish Children’s Bureau  
  • $1 million for the Playhouse Square
  • $900,000 for the Cleveland Museum of Natural History
  • $500,000 for the Severance Hall
  • $900,000 for the Cleveland Museum of Art 
  • $750,000 for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank
  • $850,000 for the Irishtown Bend & Canal Basin Park
  • $500,000 for the Cleveland Institute of Music Kulas Hall
  • $350,000 for the May Dugan Center

The full list of funded projects throughout Cuyahoga County and across Ohio is accessible here.

Nickie Antonio

State Senator Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) is honored to be serving in the Ohio Senate, representing District 23, and in leadership as the Assistant Minority Leader. Antonio, who was elected to the Senate in 2018, previously spent eight years in the Ohio House of Representatives, where she served District 13 and was also a member of leadership. Antonio has served as a Lakewood City Councilmember, Executive Director of an outpatient drug and alcohol treatment program for women, Adjunct Professor and as a teacher for children with special needs.

Antonio serves as Highest Ranking Member on the Senate Health and Transportation Committees. She also serves on the Finance; Ways and Means; Workforce and Higher Education; Rules and Reference; Joint Medicaid Oversight and Joint Legislative Ethics Committees. Additionally, she is a member of the Ohio House Democratic Women's Caucus, previously as chair, and is the State Director for the National Women Legislators’ Lobby.

She has been a dedicated champion of workers’ rights, high-quality education, local governments, equal rights for women and the LGBT community, health care for all and fighting the opioid crisis.

Antonio is recognized as a leader who reaches across the aisle to get things done. As a result, she championed Ohio’s historic adoption open records law (S.B. 23/H.B. 61) and step therapy reform law (S.B. 265/H.B. 72). Last General Assembly, Antonio passed legislation to abolish the shackling of pregnant inmates (S.B. 18/H.B. 1) and to require pharmacist education for dispensing life-saving naloxone (S.B. 59/H.B. 341). During her tenure in the Ohio legislature, Antonio has introduced the Ohio Fairness Act, which would provide civil rights protections for members of the LGBTQ community. She continues to work to remedy and end Ohio’s use of the death penalty, as well as on an array of other bills focused on improving the lives of all Ohioans. Antonio continues to be an established expert in health policy in the General Assembly. 

The first in her family to graduate from college, she holds both an MPA and a B.S. Ed. from Cleveland State University, and she was named a CSU Distinguished Alumni in 2013. She is also an alumnus and Bohnett Fellow of the Kennedy School Harvard Leadership Program (2011) and has been the recipient of numerous awards as legislator of the year from various organizations during her tenure.

Her daughters, Ariel and Stacey, have made Antonio and her wife, Jean Kosmac, very proud as the girls engage in their adult life journeys.

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Volume 14, Issue 7, Posted 6:19 PM, 07.02.2022