The Council of the City of New York
Council Member Costa Constantinides, District 22

March 25, 2019
Contact: Terence Cullen

District 22 Participatory Budgeting Ballot Released

Enables Citizens to Decide How $1 million in Discretionary Funds
Are Spent

NY —
Member Costa Constantinides today announced the proposed public works for this
year’s Participatory Budgeting ballot. District 22 residents ages 14 and over
have 13 options for how best to spend $1 million set aside for capital projects
in western Queens.

“I am
again happy to set aside these discretionary funds to build projects for the
people, by the people,” said Council
Member Costa Constantinides, District 22
. “Participatory Budgeting gives
residents a direct say in what their community looks like. I encourage everyone
eligible to vote to cast their ballots, whether at one of our poll sites or

year’s proposals include:

In the
past, District 22 residents have voted to install $150,000 for enhanced
lighting around the Astoria Houses Community Center. Another $300,000 will help
build a new children’s reading area at the Astoria Library, enabling part of
the $7 million renovation at the branch.

More than
3,100 District 22 residents voted in last year’s Participatory Budgeting. An
astounding 2,000 of those ballots were cast online, and citizens are again
encouraged to opt for this year’s projects electronically from March 30 to
April 7 at:

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 of the City Council’s
Environmental Protection Committee and sits on the For-Hire Vehicles, Land Use,
Parks, and Transportation Committees and the Zoning and Franchises
Subcommittee. For more information, visit