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Participatory Budgeting Enters Sixth Year in District 26, Help Decide How to Spend $1 Million on Area Projects

During a prior participatory budgeting neighborhood assembly in District 26 (via Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer)

Sept. 20, 2019 By Christian Murray

Participatory budgeting is kicking off again in District 26, where area residents can pitch ideas and vote on how to spend $1 million on capital projects, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer announced earlier this week.

The months-long event, now in its sixth year within the district that covers Long Island City, Sunnyside, and parts of Woodside and Astoria, will begin with a series of neighborhood assemblies where residents can learn about and give ideas on what project they’d like to see funded in the area.

“I am thrilled to kick off our sixth year of participatory budgeting by hosting five neighborhood assemblies across the 26th District,” said Council Member Van Bramer in a statement. “Last year, we saw so many people get involved in the process and come up with amazing ideas for projects to improve our schools, libraries, public housing and more.”

The assemblies, beginning next week and taking place until the end of the month, will help determine which projects will make it onto the ballot to be voted on.

The selected ideas fall under capital projects, or physical infrastructure improvements for public benefit such as park revamps, new school technology, and more.

Residents who are unable to attend an assembly meeting are able pitching ideas through an online interactive map. Click here.

The ballot with the selected items is typically released in about five months time, or some time in March, with residents ages 11 and up eligible to vote for up to five projects they’d like to see developed.

Voting will wrap up some time in the spring, with winning projects announced by the end of June 2020 so they can be added to the City Council’s budget for the following year.

Last year Van Bramer pledged at least $1 million for these projects but in then end allocated about $2.1 million.

Neighborhood assemblies will be held at the following places and times:

Ravenswood Community Center
Monday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m.
35-40 21st St., Long Island City/Astoria

Sunnyside Library 
Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m.
43-06 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside

Jacob A. Riis Settlement
Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 6 p.m.
Queensbridge Houses, 10-25 41st Ave., Long Island City

Woodside Community Center
Thursday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m.
Woodside Houses, 50-19 Broadway, Woodside

Hunters Point Library
Monday, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m.
47-40 Center Blvd., Long Island City

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if we had amazon we’d have 27B to spend

LOL, do you think with this 1 million we can actually get a SECOND bus stop with a countdown clock? I may be asking too much, forgive me.


How about speed bumps in the bike lanes!!..May help prevent someone getting killed by one of the numerous reckless bike riders!

Lance Carstrong

preventive action, before there are more deaths from psycho cyclists blowing through red lights. 1 death is too many and too many bikers flaunt the rules of the road, it’s one reason why so many end up as part of the pavement

A Woodsider

Spend money on ALL public schools! Our children are the future of our country! “People” are complaining about our specialized high schools requiring admission testing. Don’t dumb down specialized schools, make ALL our schools “specialized”. What makes children succeed in charter schools is that the teachers have the support from the home. If the child misbehaves his/her little butt is kicked out! We have to take everyone and everything in the public school. Very frustrating!Go to your local school and volunteer to work with a child. Especially in junior high or high school. Experience “THE REAL THING”, an eye opening experience, AND you will help a child. I promise you a very rewarding experience!


Hey, Sunnyside Post. Y’all are journalists right? Let’s get an update on what has happened with previous projects. Are we getting our money’s worth or not?


I can say that they did 2 projects at my son’s school (a new playground one year & bathrooms another) from the participatory budget & they were DEFINITELY a HUGE help to the school & the kids.


They should use the cash to buy South Pole and the Wendy’s next to it and create some green space.


They could use the money to create a Hobo Gladiator Colosseum just like the ones from Roman times

LIC Neighbor

I would want some of this money to be used to upgrade the Our World Neighborhood Charter School (OWNS) for their after-school program – see if Jimmy Van Bramer will stand up for a Charter School for once. He’s been in the pocket of the powerful teacher union like his best bud Cathy Nolan.

Tommy O

LIC neighbor – And you’re obviously in the pocket of con artist Eva Moskowitz. Go check out what she charges fir tossing out under performing students at a school then saying she improved the schools performance.

vote aquí. 在这里投票 صوت هنا

A progressive such as me suggest that do exactly what they did with all the public school students. Giving everyone free lunch. No matter their income. Do this with food stamps. So that the ones receiving at the moment don’t feel ashamed and possibly lose their self esteem.

Tree of Liberty

Vote aqui …yeah baby. Foot stamps for all. Free ice cream, chips and bottled water for all. Double whammy for the tax payers who already pay a water tax, lol.

Fan of Dough Boy Park

Either free food for kids ( hold the pink slime ) which is utterly ridiculous that kids should ever pay to begin with. A kid is not responsible for their economic condition to begin with. They’re just a kid trying to get better. And maybe one of those T-Shirt guns, so we can drive around and shoot t-shirts or beers at people, brighten up their day a little. Like flowers on mother’s day, porn mags on Father’s Day.


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