Crowley kicks off participatory budgeting week
by Patrick Kearns
Mar 22, 2017 | 3060 views | 0 0 comments | 140 140 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It’s that time of year when residents get to have a say in how Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley will spend $1 million.

Projects on this year’s participatory budgeting ballot include upgrades at various schools, new exercise equipment at Juniper Valley Park, Forest Park and Reiff Playground, and upgrades to the Glendale branch of the Queens Library.

“It’s the residents who know their communities the best, so what better than to have them create a ballot and vote on what projects they truly want to see done?” said Crowley.

Vote week will be held from March 24 to April 2. Residents can vote during normal business hours at Maspeth Federal Savings Bank at 56-18 69th Street or at Crowley’s District Office in the Shops at Atlas Park at 71-19 80th Street, Suite 8-303.

Voting will also take place at the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council at 59-03 Summerfield Street from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

And from March 27-31, voting will also take place at P.S. 91 from 7 to 10 a.m, as well as from March 25 to April 1 at I.S. 93 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m.

Anyone who lives in the district and it at least 14 years old is eligible to vote.

For the first time ever, Crowley is engaging students at 21 schools in or near her district, where students will vote on how to best spend $100,000 at each school.

Each school will have three proposals on the ballot and will vote for two. Projects could include surveillance cameras, laptops or auditorium and gym renovations.

“This project will not only provide upgrades for local schools, but also give a lesson in civics to our students,” Crowley said. “Ultimately, I believe participatory budgeting in schools will empower the school community in a way that has not been done before.”

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