Councilman Peter Vallone (D-Bayside) announced this week that new security cameras, storage space for Bayside High School and a renovation of JHS 194’s gym will receive an allocation of more than $1 million as a result of this year’s participatory budgeting cycle in his district.
From April 7 to 15, residents in Vallone’s district voted on how to spend discretionary funding for local capital projects through the participatory budgeting process. More than 8,000 votes were cast on how to spend $1.04 million in the district.
The top item in the district was new NYPD security cameras. Four new cameras will be installed to enhance crime prevention through District 19 at locations that are yet to be disclosed.
The number-two item was music rehearsal and equipment storage space for Bayside High School. A project will be undertaken to convert existing building storage areas into soundproofed performance rooms and storage for musical instruments.
The third item to receive funding is a renovation of JHS 194’s gymnasium that will include repairing walls, replacing basketball hoops, refinishing the floor and adding safety padding.
“These results once again clearly show that our district has overwhelmingly embraced the success of the participatory budgeting process,” Vallone said. “At a time when voter turnout is at a record low, we have created a way to engage our youth and youngest voters as to the power and importance of voting.”