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

Ferreras-Copeland

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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