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How would you use $1 million in funding to improve your community?

Residents of the 19th Council District are invited to speak out, collaborate with neighbors and directly decide which projects should be put on year three’s participatory budgeting ballot at four upcoming neighborhood assemblies hosted by Councilman Paul Vallone.

Last year’s winning projects included improvements to the Bayside High School Music Educational Complex and auditorium upgrades at both J.H.S. 194 and P.S. 193 in Whitestone.

Funding can be used for improvements to schools, streets, parks and any other community spaces.

Neighborhood assemblies are scheduled as follows:

  • Bayside — Tuesday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m. at the Castle at Fort Totten (Bayside Historical Society Building), 208 Totten Ave.
  • Little Neck — Thursday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m. at the Community Church of Little Neck, 46-16 Little Neck Parkway.
  • Whitestone — Tuesday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m. at St. Luke’s Pastoral Center, 16-34 Clintonville St.
  • College Point — Thursday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m. at Poppenhusen Institute, 114-04 14th Rd.

Year two of participatory budgeting (2015-2016) saw over 4,500 votes cast throughout District 19: the largest turnout in all of Queens. Due to the overwhelming response, Vallone’s office allocated $2.25 million — the fourth largest amount in all of NYC — to the top five most voted projects.

Based on ideas presented at assemblies and online, budget delegates review community needs across the district and develop project proposals with help from city experts. Volunteers then turn concepts into concrete proposals, and from March 25 to April 2 of next year, a public vote will be held to determine which projects will receive funding.

For more information about upcoming meetings or how to get involved with the project, contact Vito Tautonico at 718-619-8611 or



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