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Participatory Budgeting


Participatory Budgeting Year Three

How Would You Spend $1 Million in Our Neighborhood?

As you already know, this is the third year that our district will be taking part in the upcoming Participatory Budgeting vote. Between March 25 and April 2, throughout District 19, residents will be able to cast their Participatory Budgeting ballot and vote for the projects they feel will best serve their community. Through Participatory Budgeting, you can decide how at least $1 million is spent on improvements to parks, schools, libraries, streets and more. 
When this project began, our office took suggestions from each of the communities within District 19 through several neighborhood assemblies. After gathering all of the project ideas, our office coordinated with community volunteers, who served as Budget Delegates, to create a ballot of projects that would best serve our community’s needs. These Budget Delegates met several times throughout the winter to narrow down the project ideas through field research, discussions, and consultation with city agencies. Over one hundred project ideas were analyzed for feasibility and practicality with help from city agencies, with nineteen projects ultimately being placed on the final ballot for voting.
After the voting period has ended, our office will tally up all of the ballots cast and announce which of the projects have won. The projects which receive the most votes for a total of at least $1 million will be selected as winners! 
Anyone who lives in District 19 (Auburndale, Bayside, Bay Terrace, Beechhurst, College Point, Douglaston, Little Neck, North Flushing, Malba and Whitestone) and is at least 14 years old can vote, even if you are not registered or eligible to vote in electoral elections. 
We encourage you to cast your ballot at one of these voting sites:
If you have questions in regard to the Participatory Budgeting, the scheduled voting locations or how to volunteer with the project, please contact Vito Tautonico at 718-619-8611 or e-mail at If you know of a group, civic association or general meeting that would like a representative from our office to speak about Participatory Budgeting, please contact our office as soon as possible. Additionally, our office will be going around the district to different senior centers, libraries, schools and any other general gathering to distribute ballots from March 25 to April 2. If there is a particular location within District 19 that you would like our office to distribute ballots to during the voting week, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Please forward the below ballot and flyer to any friends and neighbors who are interested in casting a Participatory Budgeting ballot!