The Council of the City of New York
Office of Council Member Costa Constantinides
(718) 274-4500

For Immediate Release
July 29, 2016
Contact: Shachar Sharon

Constantinides Lets Residents Decide How to Spend $1 Million on Public Projects
Sets Dates for Neighborhood Assemblies

Astoria, N.Y. – New York City Council Member Costa Constantinides has again set aside capital funding for this cycle of Participatory Budgeting. District residents ages 14-and-over will soon be able to decide how to invest $1 million on capital projects within the district.

Starting this fall, community members can attend neighborhood assemblies to learn more and make capital project suggestions.

All neighborhood assemblies start at 7:00pm:
September 7th – Cretans Association, 32-33 31st Street
September 14th – Lexington School for the Deaf, 25-26 75th Street
September 21st – Astoria Houses Community Center, 4-05 Astoria Boulevard
September 28th – Bohemian Hall, 29-19 24th Avenue

Constantinides said, “I am excited to once again give residents the opportunity to take part in our city budget cycle. This year, we’ve expanded the Participatory Budgeting program to those over 14-years-old, so that even more residents can take part in this inclusive process. This community-driven program provides an extraordinary opportunity for all our residents to have a voice and to engage with our city budget cycle in a meaningful way. The enthusiasm we’ve seen from voters is what has made Participatory Budgeting a success in previous cycles. I look forward to continuing to provide the opportunity for civic participation in our neighborhood.”

The Participatory Budgeting process involves a series of meetings that feed into the city’s annual budget cycle. Proposals are submitted by residents at neighborhood assemblies. Later, volunteers break up into groups and transform the list of ideas into a ballot of fully-formed project proposals with details and costs. Next spring, residents will vote for their favorite projects at sites across the district. This is the third year that Constantinides has provided this opportunity for residents.

Winning projects from the previous cycle included new and upgraded water fountains at Astoria Park, new gaming tables at Astoria Park, and countdown clocks at bus stops that let residents know when the next bus is arriving. City agencies are currently scoping these project sites before the design and construction stages begin.

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 standing committees: Civil Service & Labor, Contracts, Cultural Affairs, Oversight & Investigations, Sanitation, and Transportation. For more information, visit council.nyc.gov/costa.

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