Voters in City Council Districts 19 and 23 came out in record numbers recently to pick capital projects that will be funded in next year’s budget.
Volunteers met for months to come up with 10 projects involving schools, parks, libraries and more. Voters selected the top ones totaling $1 million per district.
In Vallone’s District 19, the winning projects are for schools and security cameras. The councilman also announced a record number of voters, at 2,300.
“Participatory budgeting is a great way to get the pulse of the community and see on what everyone believes city dollars and resources should be spent,” Vallone said.
Receiving the most votes is a $400,000 project to create a state-of-the-art music studio at Bayside High School, which enrolls 350 students in music production and performance programs.
PS 169 in Bay Terrace will get a $400,000 auditorium upgrade including new lighting, curtains, sound system and seating.
PS 159 in Bayside will get technology upgrades at a cost of $90,000 for Smartboards and laptops.
A total of $105,000 will allow the Police Department to install three security cameras throughout the district for crime prevention.