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Community members are invited to take part in a preliminary vote for this year's participatory budgeting process for the 30th Council District.

Another year, another round of participatory budgeting for the 30th Council District.

City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley set aside $1 million for members of the 30th Council District to vote on what project, or projects, they would like to see that money go toward for the first time last year, and is continuing it this year.

Crowley is asking for community members to take part in a preliminary vote on what projects they would like to see on the final ballot.

“Participatory budgeting is a process for the community, by the community. Therefore, we need the most possible input from our residents to best benefit the district,” Crowley said. “The budget delegates have been hard at work putting together project proposals, and we want to keep the entire community involved by giving them the opportunity to choose what is on the final ballot. I hope everyone uses this poll to their advantage, and I thank everyone for their participation.”

There are currently 12 items up for vote on the preliminary ballot:

  • Enhancing the planted area at Nathan Weidenbaum Park, located on Laurel Hill Boulevard, between 63rd and 64th streets, in Woodside;
  • Adding new features in the skating rink at Forest Park;
  • Refurbishing the basketball court and playground equipment, while adding new fencing at Little Bush Park in Woodside;
  • Making playground renovations at Reiff Playground on Fresh Pond Road in Maspeth and Nathan Weidenbaum Park;
  • Adding tech to the community center at the Ridgewood Library;
  • Adding computer labs and technology upgrades at several schools across the council district;
  • Updating the kitchen exhaust system at I.S. 73 in Maspeth;
  • Making bathroom renovations at schools throughout the council district;
  • Adding electrical upgrades and introducing smart boards at P.S./I.S. 87 in Middle Village;
  • The replacement of auditorium seats at several schools in the council district;
  • Creating technological upgrades for English language learners at Grover Cleveland High School in Ridgewood; and
  • Updating the air conditioning system at I.S. 73.

To find out more about the proposed projects and how to vote visit, https://www.d21.me/vote/4klmEjvde.

By taking part in this vote it does not qualify as your vote in the final participatory budgeting vote and is non-binding. Voting is currently open, and the voting deadline is Friday, Feb. 5, at 8 p.m.

District 30 is also looking for community members to become participatory volunteers. To find out how to volunteer, visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1WvltnnDlwv83fZ4a-ziULVuqQJx_Q8NoTg4I3nDauco/viewform.

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