March 26, 2016 By Michael Florio
Residents of Corona, East Elmhurst and parts of Jackson Heights began voting today to determine how $1 million in New York City funds should be spent in the district.
Voters who live in the 21st Council District are able to vote from among 10 capital projects, with the most popular items being funded up to an aggregate total of $1 million.
Residents will have until April 3 to cast their ballots and can do so at any polling booth within the Council District. However, each polling booth will only be open for a limited period of time during the week.
Several of this year’s proposed projects are for playground improvements (see list below).
They include bathroom upgrades at three locations: Josephine Caminiti Playground (102nd Street and Alstyne Ave); Park of the Americas (104th and 42nd Avenue); and East Elmhurst Playground.
Additional projects include upgrades to local schools and libraries.
None of the projects are budgeted to cost more than $500,000, meaning that at least two of the 10 projects will win.
“Participatory Budget empowers our communities to make real decisions on how to improve New York City,” said Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland who represents the 21st District.
Last year’s winnings projects included new smart boards at P.S. 307, police cameras on 102nd Street, upgraded lighting on Roosevelt Ave from 82nd Street to 90th Street, and additional trees and green space along 57th Ave in LeFrak City.
The full list of this items being put up for a vote this year are listed below For a full schedule of places and times to vote, please visit http://labs.council.nyc/districts/21/