2016-03-30 / Front Page

Constantinides Casts Participatory Budgeting Ballot

Councilmember Costa Constantinides kicked-off the start of Participatory Budgeting in his district by casting his ballot for his favorite projects.  The Participatory Budgeting program gives residents the opportunity to vote on how to spend $1.5 million on local capital projects.  From now through April 3, residents will choose their top five projects from a ballot created by community volunteers.

Constantinides said, "We are proud to bring the city budget process directly to our residents again this year through Participatory Budgeting.  Our neighborhood has already taken a strong interest in the civic process and we are excited to see even more residents engaged during voting week.  This volunteer-driven process is at its strongest when the community gets out and votes for their favorite projects.  I hope to have a large turnout this year and look forward to seeing the winning projects."

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.   

Residents can cast their ballots at these voting sites:
•Office of Council Member Constantinides, 31-09 Newtown Ave:
•March 28 – April 1, 9am - 9pm and April 2 – 3, Noon - 7pm
•Bruno's, 88-25 Astoria Blvd: March 28, 6pm - 9pm
•Urban Upbound, 4-25 Astoria Blvd: March 29, 6pm - 9pm
•Bohemian Hall, 29-19 24th Ave: March 30, 6pm - 9pm
•Boulevard Gardens Assembly Hall, 51-42 30th Ave: March 31, 6pm - 9pm
•Community Board 1, 45-02 Ditmars Blvd: April 1, 6pm - 9pm
•Bohemian Hall, 29-19 24th Ave: April 2, Noon - 7pm
•Queens Library, 21-45 31st St: April 2, Noon - 5:30pm
•Urban Upbound, 4-25 Astoria Blvd: April 3, Noon - 7pm
•Boulevard Gardens Assembly Hall, 51-42 30th Ave: April 3, Noon - 7pm

Participatory Budgeting provides an opportunity for residents to be involved in the city budget cycle. Residents vote for their favorite projects, and all the project proposals on the ballot were created by community volunteers. This past fall, hundreds of proposals were submitted by residents at neighborhood assemblies across the district. Volunteers broke up into groups and transformed the list of ideas into a ballot of fully-formed project proposals with details and costs.

Council Member 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 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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