2018-04-11 / Features

Constantinides Casts His Participatory Budgeting Ballot


Council Member Costa Constantinides kicked off the start of participatory budgeting in his district by casting his ballot on April 7 for his favorite projects. Council Member Costa Constantinides kicked off the start of participatory budgeting in his district by casting his ballot on April 7 for his favorite projects. Council Member Costa Constantinides kicked off the start of participatory budgeting in his district by casting his ballot on April 7 for his favorite projects. The participatory budgeting program gives residents ages 14 and up the opportunity to vote on how to spend $1 million on local capital projects on a ballot created by community volunteers.

Residents can still cast their ballot for participatory budgeting from now through this Sunday, April 15. Ballot proposals and a full list of voting sites for residents of City Council District 22 can be found at www.council.nyc.gov/costa-constantinides/pb/7.

Residents can cast their ballots at these voting sites:

• Now through Friday April 13, 10 am-5 pm: Office of Council Member Costa Constantinides, 31-09 Newtown Ave., Suite 209

• 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.

Project proposals include improvements to the children’s rooms at our libraries, a new hydroponic science lab at Long Island City High School, a new research library at PS 17/Q300, lighting upgrades at Astoria Houses Community Center, a new tool shed at Two Coves Community Garden, and district-wide road resurfacing.

Participatory Budgeting provides an opportunity for residents to be involved in the city budget cycle. Not only do 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 Constantinides’ 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. Projects that receive the most votes will be funded by Constantinides as part of his FY 2019 discretionary capital budget.

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