District 22

Costa Constantinides

Astoria, East Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, Woodside

District 22 Participatory Budgeting Project Proposals Unveiled

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

For Immediate Release
February 21, 2017
Contact: Shachar Sharon

District 22 Participatory Budgeting Project Proposals Unveiled

Astoria, N.Y. – Starting next month, 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.

Ballot proposals can be viewed in full here. Proposals include solar panels for the Queens Library at Steinway, a fitness upgrade at Whitey Ford Field, a new research center at Q300/PS 17, increased lighting at the NYCHA Astoria Houses parking lot, and neighborhood wayfinding maps on Hoyt Avenue & 31st Street.

From March 25th to April 2nd, residents can cast their ballots at these voting sites:

Office of Councilmember Costa Constantinides, 31-09 Newtown Ave
March 25 – 26 and April 1 – 2, 12pm-6pm
March 27 – 31, 9am-9pm

March 25th
Queens Library at Steinway, 21-45 31st St, 12pm-5pm
Queens Library at Astoria, 14-01 Astoria Blvd, 12pm-5pm

March 26th
Steinway BID, 25-69 38th St #1C, March 26, 12pm-6pm
Bohemian Hall, 29-19 24th Ave, 12pm-6pm

March 27th
MAS Ibn Sina Center, 46-1 20th Ave, 6pm-9pm

March 28th
Urban Upbound, 4-25 Astoria Blvd, 6pm-9pm

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

March 30th
Cretans Association, 32-33 31st St, 6pm-9pm

March 31st
Office of Assemblyman DenDekker, 75-35 31st Ave, 10am-5pm
Community Board 1, 45-02 Ditmars Blvd, 6pm-9pm

April 1st
Queens Library at Steinway, 21-45 31st St, 12pm-5pm

April 2nd
Bohemian Hall, 29-19 24th Ave, 12pm-6pm
Urban Upbound, 4-25 Astoria Blvd, 12pm-6pm
Queensview Houses Community Room 2, 33-64 21st St (Side entrance), 12pm-6pm

Constantinides said, “I am proud to once again provide our residents with the chance to help decide how to invest $1 million in our neighborhood. This rewarding opportunity brings the city budget process directly to our community members, and keeps the community civically engaged. I thank everyone who joined the committees, who submitted projects, and who discussed and debated these proposals over the last few months. I’m looking forward to seeing which proposals the community likes best.”

Participatory Budgeting provides an opportunity for residents to be involved in the city budget cycle. All the project proposals on the ballot were created by community volunteers. This past fall, nearly 700 residents attended neighborhood assemblies and idea collection sessions, and over 600 ideas were brainstormed. Volunteers broke into groups and transformed the list of ideas into a ballot of fully-formed project proposals with details and costs. Residents vote for their favorite projects and those projects that receive the most votes will be funded by Constantinides as part of his FY ‘17-18 discretionary capital budget.

Residents can volunteer to assist at voting sites by signing up here.

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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