Mar 01, 2016

Participatory Budgeting: It’s Baaaaaaaack!

Vote to fund your favorite community project with Participatory Budgeting.

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Yes, that’s right—Participatory Budgeting is back! You will have a say again on how to spend $1.5 million on local projects to improve the neighborhood. As you may remember, last year’s PB winners were Public School District-wide Technology Upgrades ($245,000), Dog Run in Astoria ($500,000), and the I.S. 126 Playground ($500,000).

Voting will take place are various locations throughout District 22. Here is where and when you can cast your vote:

Office of Councilman Costa Constantinides
31-09 Newtown Avenue
Monday, March 28 to Friday, April 1, 9am-9pm; Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and 3, noon-7pm

Bohemian Hall
29-19 24th Avenue
Wednesday, March 30, 6-9pm

Boulevard Gardens Assembly Hall
51-42 30th Avenue
Sunday, April 3, noon-7pm

88-25 Astoria Blvd
Monday, March 28, 6-9pm

Steinway Library
21-45 31st Street
Saturday, April 2, noon-5:30pm

Urban Upbound
4-25 Astoria Blvd
Tuesday, March 29, 6-9pm; Sunday, April 3, noon-7pm

On your ballot, you’ll get to choose five things you think are particularly deserving of funding.

Voting sites need volunteers, too! If you’d like to help out in a volunteer capacity, fill out this Google form.

And here’s a video about the process:

Good luck, everyone—here’s hoping your choice gets funded.

About Meg Cotner

Meg Cotner was trained as a harpsichordist and now works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Queens," and is a skilled and avid home cook, baker, and preserver.

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