You are reading

Participatory budgeting kicks off next week, $500,000 set aside for Jackson Heights/Elmhurst

Costa Constantinides with Daniel Dromm

Costa Constantinides with Daniel Dromm

Sept. 9, 2015 By Jackie Strawbridge

Western Queens residents can learn how to vote for funding on local projects starting next week.

Neighborhood assemblies begin on Sept. 16 for Participatory Budgeting in Councilman Costa Constantinides’ district, which covers Astoria and parts of East Elmhurst, Jackson Heights and Woodside.

Through the Participatory Budgeting process, constituents vote on how to spend a pool of money allocated by their City Council representative.

Constantinides has set aside $1.5 million for Participatory Budgeting this year, up from $1 million last year. The additional $500,000 is specifically set aside for use in Jackson Heights and East Elmhurst.

“We are especially proud to allocate even more funding for this cycle to make it more inclusive and engage with our Jackson Heights residents,” Constantinides said in a statement.

Participatory Budgeting funds are only available for capital projects, meaning construction or improvement of City property. Capital projects that were funded through the last Participatory Budgeting cycle in this district included school technology upgrades, an Astoria dog run, and a playground for IS 126.

Participatory Budgeting begins with neighborhood assemblies, where residents can learn about the process and brainstorm project ideas.

Assemblies will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the following locations and dates:

Sept. 16, Bohemian Hall, 29-19 24th Ave., Astoria
Sept. 17, Boulevard Gardens Assembly Hall, 51-42 30th Ave., Woodside
Sept. 21, Bulova Corporate Center, 75-20 Astoria Blvd., East Elmhurst
Sept. 30, Astoria Houses Community Center, 4-25 Astoria Blvd., Astoria

Following the assemblies, volunteer budget delegates will develop project proposals, which will then be presented to the community early next year.

Residents will vote on the projects in the spring.

email the author: news@queenspost.com
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Crunching the Queens crime numbers: grand larcenies down across borough, rapes halved in the north, robberies decrease in the south

Apr. 17, 2024 By Ethan Marshall

The number of grand larcenies across Queens was down during the 28-day period from March 18 to April 14, compared to the same period of time last year, according to the latest crime stats released by the NYPD Monday. At the same time, rapes and robberies decreased significantly in northern and southern Queens, respectively.

Cop injured by glass bottle thrown from 7 train station on Roosevelt Avenue: NYPD

An on-duty NYPD police officer was injured while standing on a foot post when he was struck by a glass bottle that was thrown from the 103rd Street-Corona Plaza, 7 train station above Roosevelt Avenue early Monday morning.

Police from the 110th Precinct in Elmhurst reported that the officer was in uniform standing in front of 103-28 Roosevelt Ave. just before 2 a.m., when a man threw the bottle from the Flushing-bound platform. It struck the officer’s head, causing a laceration and a concussion.