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Council Member Vallone Announces Major Success of Participatory Budgeting

CM Paul Vallone 2016 PB Budgeting Announcement

Vallone’s District Number One in Queens as Voters Nearly Double in Second Year

On Monday, April 18th, Council Member Vallone announced the record setting results of his second participatory budgeting cycle. Residents cast 4500 votes, the most of any Council District in Queens, to decide how to spend up to $1,000,000 of Council Member Vallone’s discretionary funding on projects to improve Northeast Queens. As a result of the this year’s success , Council Member Vallone also announced that he will be allocating additional capital funding in order to fully fund the 2.25 million needed for the top five projects.

The winning projects were:

  1. Bayside High School Music Educational Complex – 1,144 votes: This project will fund phase three of state-of-the-art music studio for Bayside High School, which has 350 students in their “Career and Technical Education” music production and performance program.
  2. J.H.S. 194 Auditorium Upgrade – 1,085 votes: This project will replace lighting, curtains, sound system, flooring, A/V system and auditorium seating. The auditorium is used for both school and community events.

In addition to the upgrades at Bayside High School and J.H.S. 194, the other projects that will now be funded are:

  1. P.S. 193 Auditorium Upgrade – 1,059 votes: The project will replace lighting, curtains, sound system, flooring, A/V system and auditorium seating. The auditorium is used for both school and community events.
  2. P.S. 79 Gymnasium Upgrade – 1,025 votes: The project will renovate the school recreational space by replacing wall padding, basketball hoop backboards, sound system, scoreboard and additional gymnasium equipment.
  3. Harvey Park Pedestrian Safety Sidewalk and Guardrail – 987 votes: Project will create concrete pedestrian sidewalk along the Northbound Whitestone Expressway Service Road between 20th Ave. and 14th Ave. Guardrail would be installed along sidewalk for pedestrian safety.

“Participatory budgeting has been a great way to hear the pulse of the community and see how residents believe city dollars and resources should be spent. The results clearly show the district overwhelmingly supported the process. At a time when voter turnout is at a record low, we have created a way to engage our youth and youngest voters as to the power and importance of voting. In response to the enormous success of this year’s cycle, I am proud to commit a full $2.25 million to fund the top 5 winning projects,” said Council Member Paul Vallone. “This monumental, eight month task could not have been possible without the continuous dedication of our delegates, community liaisons, volunteers, staff and especially Vito Tautonico, our Director of Constituent Services, who spearheaded the process. I look forward to continuing to grow the process next year.”