2018-03-21 / Features

Dist. 22 Participatory Budgeting Project Proposals, Voting Sites Unveiled


Council Member Constantinides (second from left), and staff members with local constituents. Council Member Constantinides (second from left), and staff members with local constituents. From April 7-15, residents of the 22nd Council District will again vote on how to spend $1 million on local projects to improve the neighborhood. Residents age 14 and up will choose their top five projects from a ballot created by community volunteers.

Descriptions of ballot proposals, including locations and costs, can be found in full at goo.gl/QjzpWn. Proposals include improvements to the Queens Library at Steinway Children’s Room, a new Hydroponic Science Lab at Long Island City High School, a new Research Library at PS 17/300, lighting upgrades at Astoria Houses Community Center, a new tool shed at Two Coves Community Garden, and district-wide road resurfacing.

Residents can cast their ballots at these voting sites:

 Monday April 9-Friday April 13, 10 am-5 pm: Office of Council Member Costa Constantinides, 31-09 Newtown Ave., Suite 209

 Saturday April 7: Queens Library at Steinway, 21-45 31st St., 12 pm-5 pm; Queens Library at Astoria, 14-01 Astoria Blvd., 12 pm-5 pm

 Sunday April 8: Bohemian Hall, 29-19 24th Ave., 12 pm-5 pm; Urban Upbound, 4-25 Astoria Blvd., 12 pm- 5 pm

 Monday April 9: North Queensview Community Room 2, 33- 64 21st St. (34th Ave. entrance), 6 pm- 9 pm

 Tuesday April 10: Community Board 1, 45-02 Ditmars Blvd., 6 pm- 9 pm

 Wednesday April 11: Bohemian Hall, 29-19 24th Ave., 6 pm-9 pm

 Thursday April 12: Urban Upbound, 4-25 Astoria Blvd., 6 pm-9 pm

 Friday April 13: MAS Ibn Sina Center, 46-01 20th Ave., 6 pm-9 pm

 Saturday April 14: Queens Library at Steinway, 21-45 31st St., 12 pm-5 pm; Queens Library at Astoria, 14-01 Astoria Blvd., 12 pm-5 pm

 Sunday April 15: Bohemian Hall, 29-19 24th Ave., 12 pm-5 pm; Urban Upbound, 4-25 Astoria Blvd., 12 pm- 5 pm; North Queensview Community Room 2, 33-64 21st St. (34th Ave. entrance), 12 pm-5 pm.

Residents can also volunteer to assist at voting sites by signing up at : www.docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1F AIpQLSfk_wxBY2GP0bE0HiEYeec6_w1vG_B19beKyiBnkdXPqZWTt Q/viewform.

Constantinides said, “I am proud to once again implement Participatory Budgeting to provide our residents with the chance to help decide how to invest $1 million in our neighborhood. This program is a rewarding opportunity for our community to become more civically engaged and get a hands-on experience with the city budget process. I thank everyone who brainstormed and submitted capital project ideas, who volunteered to join our committees, and who discussed and debated these proposals over the last few months. I’m looking forward to seeing which projects the community likes best.”

Participatory Budgeting provides an opportunity for residents to be involved in the city budget cycle. Not only will residents vote for their favorite projects, but all the project proposals on the ballot were created by community volunteers. This fall, nearly 400 residents attended the neighborhood assemblies and idea collection sessions, where over 600 ideas were brainstormed. Volunteers broke up into issues-based committees and transformed the list of ideas into a ballot of fully formed project proposals with details and costs.

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