2016-03-09 / Features

Participatory Budgeting Project Proposals Unveiled

After a successful Participatory Budgeting process last year, residents of the 22nd Council District will again vote on how to spend $1.5 million on local projects to improve the neighborhood. Residents will choose their top five projects from a ballot created by community volunteers.

Councilman Costa Constantinides’ office released the voter guide with information on all ballot proposals on March 4. Proposals on the ballot include upgrades to the Long Island City High School auditorium, lighting at NYCHA Astoria Houses, a new sitting area in Astoria Park, upgrades to playground equipment at Bulova Moser Playground, bus countdown clocks, a new computer lab at I.S. 141, and a new cyber center at the Queens Library Astoria branch.

From March 28 to April 3, residents can cast their ballots at the following voting sites:

Office of Councilman Costa Constantinides, 31-09 Newtown Ave., March 28-April 1, 9 am - 9 pm and April 2, 3, noon - 7 pm

Bruno’s, 88-25 Astoria Blvd., March 28, 6 pm - 9 pm

Urban Upbound, 4-25 Astoria Blvd., March 29, 6 pm - 9 pm

Bohemian Hall, 29-19 24th Ave., March 30, 6 pm - 9 pm

Boulevard Gardens Assembly Hall, 51- 42 30th Ave., March 31, 6 pm - 9 pm

Community Board 1, 45-02 Ditmars Blvd., April 1, 6 pm - 9 pm

Bohemian Hall, 29-19 24th Ave., April 2, noon - 7 pm

Queens Library, 21-45 31st St., April 2, noon - 5:30 pm

Urban Upbound, 4-25 Astoria Blvd., April 3, noon - 7 pm

Boulevard Gardens Assembly Hall, 51- 42 30th Ave., April 3, noon - 7 pm

“I’m very excited to continue Participatory Budgeting another year,” said Constantinides. “District residents came out and made their voices heard in how we grow our community. So far this year, nearly 400 residents have participated in the process, sharing their ideas and discussing what the district needs. I’m proud of this neighborhood for taking such a strong interest in the civic process and I’m looking forward to seeing what the community will decide on this year. I thank everyone who joined the committees, who submitted projects, and who discussed and debated these proposals over the last few months. I’m anticipating a big turnout from the community to vote on these proposals next month.”

The Participatory Budgeting process allows community members to decide how to allocate a portion of the city’s budget to local projects. In the fall, hundreds of proposals were submitted by residents at neighborhood assemblies across the district. Volunteers from the community split into groups based on issues and examined these proposals. These groups chose those projects that would have the greatest benefit to the community to appear on the ballot. Residents can volunteer to assist at voting sites by signing up online at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1SIhkmKA2ggk8ZJaNBJ5Uye2L_uQ4BJOiDKg1Uwg....

Councilmn Costa Constantinides represents the New York City Council’s 22nd District, which includes his native Astoria, along with parts of Woodside, East Elmhurst, and Jackson Heights. He serves as the Chair of the City Council’s Environmental Protection Committee and sits on six additional committees: Civil Service & Labor, Contracts, Cultural Affairs, Oversight & Investigations, Sanitation, and Transportation. For more information, visit council.nyc.gov/costa.

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