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Participatory budgeting kicks off Monday, as residents to decide what projects to fund

FerrerasSept. 26, 2015 By Michael Florio

Residents of Elmhurst, Corona and parts of Jackson Heights will soon have a direct say on how $1 million in city funds will be spent in the district.

Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras, who each year allocates city funds toward local parks, clubs and schools, is about to start the participatory budgeting process for the second year, where a portion of the funds she receives from the City will be put in the hands of the community to spend.

On Monday, Ferreras will be kicking off the participatory budgeting process at a Community Board 4 meeting (located at 46-11 101th Street, at 6:30 pm). Residents will be able to put forward their ideas as to how the $1 million should be spent.

At this meeting, and the many others that will follow, residents will be given an opportunity to suggest projects/ideas that should be funded.

The list will be whittled down by volunteers and be put up for a vote in late March. The projects with the most votes at that time will be funded. Numerous projects can win until the $1 million is spent.

Last year residents voted to spend $350,000 on upgrading the lighting on Roosevelt Ave from 82nd Street to 90th Street.

Other winning projects included providing PS 307 with 31 smart boards at a cost of $186,000; more trees and green areas in LeFrak City at a cost of $150,000; and better lighting at Junction Playground for $200,000.

Other participatory budgeting meetings are scheduled for:

Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 7 pm

St. Paul the Apostle Church,

98-16 55th Ave,

Corona, NY

Monday, October 5 at 7 p.m.

Community Board 3

82-11 37th Ave. 6th Floor

Jackson Heights, NY

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