By Gabriel Rom
An eight-item participatory budgeting ballot has been decided upon in Elizabeth Crowley’s City Council district. A team of about 25 budget delegates worked with city agencies to determine the final projects. The projects are as follows:
• Computer equipment and furniture for the Ridgewood and Maspeth libraries
• Swing set renovations at Little Bush Park
• Basketball court renovations at Little Bush Park
• New auditorium seating at PS 71 and 153
• Updated restrooms at PS 9, 49 and 88
• Extra air conditioning units in IS 73’s cafeteria or auditorium
• Laptop carts for classrooms in PS 49, 87, 119 and 153
• 30 smartboards for Grover Cleveland High School and PS/IS 87
District residents can vote for up to five projects from March 28 to April 3. Voting can be done via paper or mobile ballot at to-be-determined polling sites, or via online voting. In order to be eligible for online voting, voters must pre-register in person at Crowley’s office or with a Participatory Budgeting volunteer who will be present at various neighborhood meetings until Vote Week.
The projects can be seen in detail at two project expos.
The first expo is scheduled for Tuesday, March 15, at 6 p.m. at Maspeth Town Hall, and the second on Thursday, March 24, at 6 p.m. at the Ridgewood Library.
Reach reporter Gabriel Rom by e-mail at grom@