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$200,000 upgrade slated for Corona Library, among items to be funded through participatory budgeting


May 22, 2017 By Christian Murray

Residents in the 21st Council District, which covers sections of Elmhurst/Corona and Jackson Heights, will see five projects funded through the participatory budgeting process after a record number of people voted this year, announced Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland on Friday.

This year 2,840 people cast ballots during the week-long participatory budgeting process to decide how to spend $1 million, choosing to fund a variety of projects including library upgrades and school-related items.

“I am excited to have completed a third cycle of Participatory Budgeting in my district. My community is one of the most diverse in the city, and giving residents an opportunity to decide how we invest $1 million is a meaningful way for them to engage with the community, agencies and in civic life,” said Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland.

The most popular item that residents voted for was for $141,000 to be spent on security cameras to be placed in high-crime areas throughout the district.

Other projects that will be funded include: $200,000 on a new family center & tech upgrades at Corona Library; $225,000 on smart boards for students at P.S. 28, 14, 127, 143 and 330; $225,000 on smart boards for K-12 students at IS 61, PS 16, PS19 and the High School for Arts and Business;  and $200,000 on a workout station at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

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