Astoria, Community, Neighborhood, Politics Mar 16, 2015 Astoria Wants YOU To Help Decide How To Spend $1 Million What would you do with a million dollars? Take a trip to Greece? Put a down payment on a fancy apartment? The possibilities are endless! While it’s fun to dream, (…) Share this Scoop by Lindsay Goyette total shares! Twitter Facebook Email Print What would you do with a million dollars? Take a trip to Greece? Put a down payment on a fancy apartment? The possibilities are endless! While it’s fun to dream, (…) by Lindsay Goyette Share this Scoop total shares! Twitter Facebook Email Print What would you do with a million dollars? Take a trip to Greece? Put a down payment on a fancy apartment? The possibilities are endless! While it’s fun to dream, Astoria residents actually WILL get the chance to decide how to spend $1 million, not for ourselves, but for our community. Next month, residents of our district are encouraged to vote on how to allocate $1 million on projects throughout the area. This is an opportunity that you don’t want to miss! Photo credit: Costa Constantinides Our city council member, Costa Constantinides, unveiled a sample of the Participatory Budgeting Ballot (shown at the top of this post), to provide a taste of the potential neighborhood projects to vote on. Some ideas include schoolyard upgrades at I.S. 126, a pedestrian plaza at Newtown Avenue and 33rd Street, renovations at the NYCHA Astoria Houses, and a new dog run under the RFK Bridge. You can vote from April 13 to April 19, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at various location throughout the district: Office of Councilman Constantinides, 31-09 Newtown Avenue Bohemian Hall, 29-19 24th Avenue Goodwill Apartments, 4-21 27th Avenue Office of Assemblyman Michael DenDekker, Jackson Heights Shopping Center, 75-35 31st Avenue More voting sites may be added as we get closer and we’ll keep everyone updated on those as we gt them. If you’d like to volunteer with a voting site, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Need a quick 101 on how Participatory Budgeting works? We’ve got you covered. From our City Council Member’s office: “The Participatory Budgeting process includes a series of meetings that feed into the city’s annual budget cycle. Hundreds of community members attended four assemblies, held in October and November throughout Astoria and Jackson Heights, and brainstormed project ideas. Close to 100 residents volunteered to be Budget Delegates. These delegates broke into groups that worked on specific issues and transformed the initial list of 250 capital project ideas into a ballot of seventeen fully-formed proposals. Ballot proposals that get the most votes will be the winning projects. Participatory Budgeting has been rewarding for our entire district. This entire process has featured ideas generated by members of the community. I thank everyone who has been involved so far and look forward to seeing a successful turnout during our voting days.” This exciting program gives Astorians the opportunity to have our voices heard on how to best improve our community. Let’s support our neighborhood by turning out and rocking the vote! (And really, who needs a trip to Greece? We live in Astoria, after all!) What improvements are both important to you? Sound off in the comments below! Twitter Facebook Email Print $1 millionAstoriabudgetCommunityCosta Constantinidesopportunityparticipatory budgetingpoliticsqueensrock the voteschools About Lindsay Goyette Lindsay has been eating and drinking her way through Queens since 2011. A casting director by day and Astoria explorer by night, you can usually find her checking out live music, theatre, or the newest neighborhood spot to enjoy a craft beer. 4 Comments John March 17th, 2015 Huge garbage bins on every corner like in Europe. It’s so nasty to see garbage bags on the street in the Summer with the stench, the rats and roaches feasting. Reply Ron March 16th, 2015 Yes, I second it. GARBAGE CANS are for trash. Reply nycgal March 16th, 2015 Costa – can you please call the city and tell them to come and clean the streets of Astoria? It is filthy everywhere and we need good clean from this winter we have had. Bring back the Doe Fund people too – they made our hood clean again… Reply dunnypop March 16th, 2015 Garbage cans….. and potentially teaching people that garbage goes into garbage cans. Reminded of this yesterday as some dude was tossing his napkins on the floor several times while eating his pizza slice. Reply mlove March 16th, 2015 Totally. The littering around here is out of control. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.