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

April 23, 2018
Contact: Terence Cullen
718-274-4500

Constantinides Announces
Winning Participatory Budgeting Projects for District 22

Public Works Reflect
Community Decisions on How to Spend $1 million in Capital Funds

Astoria, NY — Council Member Costa
Constantinides tonight announced five projects in District 22 will be funded
through $1 million set aside under Participatory Budgeting. These public works
will continue to improve the Queens Library at Astoria, upgrade school infrastructure,
and enhance travel in western Queens.

“Participatory
Budgeting is truly government for the people, by the people,” said Council
Member Constantinides, District 22. “This year we again saw thousands of
residents give a say on how they want $1 million to be spent. What you see are
the result of a dedicated community that wants to improve the lives of all
those who live in western Queens. Thanks to all our volunteers who working
polling stations throughout the district, as well as all those who cast a
ballot.”

More
than 2,500 people living within District 22 — which includes Astoria as well as
parts of Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst, and Woodside — voted on 13 options
between March 30 and April 7. Following a trend that began last year,
two-thirds of the votes were cast online. These suggestions were crafted by
residents during neighborhood assemblies throughout the district last fall. All
winning projects will be funded under the Fiscal Year 2020 budget, which will
take effect on July 1, 2019.

The
five proposals with the most votes will be funded:

  • Water Bottle Refilling Stations, $285,000: This proposal applies to
    all elementary schools in Council District 22: P.S. 2, 17, 84, 85, 151, 171,
    and 234. Rapid bottle filler stations will replace existing drinking fountains
    within these facilities.
  • Updated High Speed WiFi, $250,000: Internet connectivity at
    The Young Women’s Leadership School will significantly improve thanks to
    upgrades to the wireless system.
  • Classroom Electrical Upgrades, $150,000: Eleven classrooms on the
    third floor of P.S. 70 will undergo electrical upgrades. This will enable the
    classrooms rooms to support window air conditioners.
  • Astoria Library Revitalization Supplement, $250,000: This will support ongoing
    work to reimagine the Queens Library at Astoria branch as a 21st century
    learning facility, which has seen about $8 million worth of investment over the
    last five years. The allocation aids in more furniture, equipment, and fixtures
    for this historic library.
  • Real Time Passenger Information, $180,000: More bus countdown clocks
    will be installed throughout District 22. This technology uses GPS data to
    notify commuters when the next bus will arrive. The Department of
    Transportation will chose locations based in part on public input.

Constantinides
announced the winning projects at Oliver’s Restaurant in Astoria, joined by
some of the 50 people who volunteered throughout this year’s Participatory
Budgeting process, which began in September. For photos, click 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 four additional committees:
Sanitation, Resiliency, and Land Use, as well as the sub-committee on Zoning
and Franchises. For more information, visit council.nyc.gov/costa.

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