The Council of the City of New York
Office of Costa Constantinides
For Immediate Release
April 7, 2018
Contact: Shachar Sharon
Constantinides Casts His Participatory Budgeting Ballot
Astoria, N.Y. – Council Member Costa Constantinides kicking off the start of Participatory Budgeting in his district by casting his ballot for his favorite projects. The Participatory Budgeting program gives residents age 11-and-up the opportunity to vote on how to spend $1 million on local capital projects from a ballot created by community volunteers.
Project proposals include improvements to the children’s rooms at our libraries, a new hydroponic science lab at Long Island City HS, 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 our 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 ‘19 discretionary capital budget.
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 four additional committees: Parks, Transportation, For-Hire Vehicles, and Land Use, as well as the sub-committee on Zoning and Franchises. For more information, visit council.nyc.gov/costa.