Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in Bayside

Bayside, Bellerose and Queens Village schools will get nearly $1.5 million in city funds for upgrades in this year’s participatory budgeting vote, Councilman Barry Grodenchik announced Monday.

According to Grodenchik, more than 2,000 residents in Council District 23 voted for their top picks on this year’s ballot. The following winners will be funded in the upcoming city budget:

  • Construction of a fully functioning courtroom at Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in Bayside (1,096 votes; $500,000)
  • Smartboards for P.S. 135Q, P.S./I.S. 208Q , Martin Van Buren High School, P.S 46Q, P.S. 224Q, Queens High School of Teaching and Business Technology Early College High School (689 votes; $488,000)
  • Laptop carts for P.S. 46Q, P.S. 224Q, Business Technology Early College High School, Queens High School of Teaching, P.S. 135Q, P.S./I.S. 208Q and P.S. 188Q (689 votes; $490,000)

District residents ages 14 and over had the opportunity to vote for up to five projects at voting locations across eastern Queens. Projects on the ballot included various local school upgrades, improvements at North Hills and Windsor Park libraries and resurfacing the Vanderbilt Motor Parkway.

“Participatory budgeting is great way to engage and include the community in our budget process,” Grodenchik said. “[It] encourages collaboration and lets members of our community decide where and how to best spend our money. I am grateful for the hard work that volunteers put into making this year’s participatory budgeting a success.”

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