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Bayside, Whitestone, College Point, Douglaston and Flushing residents are being invited to vote on how at least $1 million will be invested within their own neighborhoods.

Residents of Council District 19 are being asked to vote for up to five projects out of a pool of 19 as part of this year’s round of participatory budgeting. Items on the ballot were discussed and decided upon at a series of neighborhood assemblies sponsored by Councilman Paul Vallone last October.

Items on this year’s ballot include a locker installation project at Bayside High School, a technology lab upgrade at P.S. 79 in Whitestone, an adult fitness center at MacNeil Park in College Point and solar panels at the Douglaston/Little Neck Library. Also on the ballot are district-wide NYPD security cameras and real-time passenger countdown clocks at certain stops along the Q12 and Q13 bus routes.

Voting kicks off on Saturday, March 25, and runs until April 2. Voting locations include P.S. 79, P.S. 98, Bay Terrace Library and Councilman Paul Vallone’s office.

“Excitement is building as we prepare to kick off our third Participatory Budgeting voting cycle,” said Vallone. “Participatory budgeting is a great way to get the pulse of the community and see what everyone believes city dollars and resources should be spent on. Last year’s incredibly successful cycle, which garnered the most votes of any Council district in Queens, shows the power and importance of this grassroots fueled process. I look forward to announcing this year’s winners.”

For a complete look at the items on this year’s ballot and voting locations, view the sample ballot and flyer below.

Photo courtesy of Councilman Paul Vallone's office

Photos courtesy of Councilman Paul Vallone’s office

2017 PB GOTV Flyer JPG

Anyone with questions regarding participatory budgeting can contact Councilman Paul Vallone’s office at 718-619-8611 or by email at


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