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Councilman Barry Grodenchik, shown at his inauguration in November 2015, announced upcoming participatory budgeting meetings in his district.

Residents of the 23rd City Council District will again have the opportunity to help decide how nearly $1.5 million in public funds will be allocated for community projects.

New Councilman Barry S. Grodenchik, who took office back in November succeeding Mark Weprin, will be holding the first of three participatory budgeting meetings tonight, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Bayside Senior Center for all those interested in being a volunteer budget delegate.

Participatory budgeting is a process that allows for residents to vote on budget allocation to community projects. Once the proposals have been collected, volunteer budget delegates will determine which of these projects will appear on the ballot in the spring. This process allows local residents to get involved and give back to the community.

Two other meetings for volunteer budget delegates are scheduled: Wednesday, Jan. 13, at St. Francis Preparatory High School, 6100 Francis Lewis Blvd. in Fresh Meadows; and Wednesday, Jan. 20, at M.S. 172, 81-14 257th St. in Glen Oaks. Both sessions begin at 7 p.m.

Anyone interested in volunteering as a budget delegate should go to all three meetings. Click here to sign up as a budget delegate, or to volunteer to help with other parts of the participatory budgeting process.

The 23rd City Council District includes all or parts of Bayside Hills, Bellerose, Douglaston, Floral Park, Fresh Meadows, Glen Oaks, Hollis, Little Neck, New Hyde Park, Oakland Gardens and Queens Village.

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