BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE
A bike path through Long Island City, laptops and smart boards for public schools and new composting sites are among the array of projects that may see funding in Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer’s (D-Sunnyside) district.
The money is available through participatory budgeting, a process by which residents vote on how $1 million in capital funds are spent in their communities. Last week, Van Bramer released the participatory budgeting ballot for District 26, which includes Sunnyside, Woodside, Long Island City and parts of Astoria.
Nearly thirty projects are on the ballot, most of which involve upgrades to public schools. PS 112 could see a $440,000 play area refurbishing; PS 166 could get $240,000 for 40 new Smart Boards and Aviation High School could receive 70 new laptops for $70,000.
Queensbridge Houses has two potential upgrades on the ballot, including a renovated playground and new security cameras. Woodside Houses have similar projects on the ballot. Other items include a $150,000 industrial composting sifter and bagger at Queensbridge Baby Park, adjacent to the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, and $200,000 in new tree plantings in Woodside.
A full ballot can be accessed at jimmyvanbramer.com/virtualpressroom/Final_Ballot.pdf.
The voting period runs April 11 to 19. Residents can vote for up to three projects; ballot proposals that get the most votes and are within the $1 million limit will see funding. For a full list of voting locations, visit jimmyvanbramer.com/virtualpressroom/VOTE.pdf.
Before voting, residents can learn more about the ballot items at a project expo, April 6 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The expo will take place at 43-31 38th St. in Sunnyside; residents are asked to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 383-9566, Ext. 5.
Reach Jackie Strawbridge at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, email@example.com or @JNStrawbridge.