Winning participatory budgeting projects for District 22

Five projects in District 22 will be funded by participatory budgeting in this year’s budget, Councilman Costa Constantinides announced this week.

More than 2,500 residents cast their vote between March 30 and April 7. Two-thirds of the votes were cast online. Thirteen total projects ended up on the ballot.

Here are the five projects that will be funded:

  • Water Bottle Refilling Stations, $285,000
    • This proposal applies to all elementary schools in Council District 22: P.S. 2, 17, 84, 85, 151, 171, and 234. Rapid bottle filler stations will replace existing drinking fountains within these facilities.
  • Updated High Speed Wi-Fi, $250,000
    • Internet connectivity at The Young Women’s Leadership School will significantly improve thanks to upgrades to the wireless system.
  • Classroom Electrical Upgrades, $150,000
    • Eleven classrooms on the third floor of P.S. 70 will undergo electrical upgrades. This will enable the classrooms rooms to support window air conditioners.
  • Astoria Library Revitalization Supplement, $250,000
    • This will support ongoing work to reimagine the Queens Library at Astoria branch as a 21st century learning facility, which has seen about $8 million worth of investment over the last five years. The allocation aids in more furniture, equipment, and fixtures for this historic library.
  • Real Time Passenger Information, $180,000
    • More bus countdown clocks will be installed throughout District 22. This technology uses GPS data to notify commuters when the next bus will arrive. The Department of Transportation will chose locations based in part on public input.

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