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Residents have 20 choices on how to spend $1 million, voting begins March 25

Whitey Ford Field

Feb. 21, 2017 By Hannah Wulkan

Astoria residents will get to decide how to spend $1 million in the coming months.

Councilman Costa Constantinides announced the launch of the latest round of participatory budgeting today, allowing residents to vote on what improvements they would like to see in the community.

The voting will kick off on March 25 and continue through April 2 at various locations throughout the community (see below).

Proposals on the ballot include (click link for full list):

  • Upgrade to the fitness equipment at Whitey Ford Field
  • Basketball court renovation at Steinway/Ditmars Blvd
  • Research center at Q300/PS 17
  • Solar panels at the Queens Library Steinway branch
  • Security cameras at Astoria Houses
  • Bus countdown clocks

“This rewarding opportunity brings the city budget process directly to our community members, and keeps the community civically engaged,” Constantinides said in a statement.

The 20 proposals on the ballot were produced based on community brainstorming sessions in the fall. During the meetings more than 700 community members came up with more than 600 ideas, and whittled them down to detailed proposals.

Residents will now have the chance to vote on which projects they would like to see funded out of Constantinides’ discretionary budget for the 2017 to 2018 fiscal year.

Last year Constantinides ended up allocating $1,230,000 towards the projects his constituents voted on, including adding picnic and gaming tables and water fountains to Astoria Park, and installing bus countdown clocks on bus stops throughout the district.

For a full list of proposals on the ballot visit

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Astoria Lifer

Why are we voting on the Astoria Houses. That should be the responsibility of the NYCHA with there money set aside for building repairs and upgrades it should not be at the cost of the community.

Man with great ideas

I vote for a giant laser at astoria park that’s hook up to the internet and people can text messages to it and then the laser will spell out the messages in the sky.


What about a nearby Park and Recreational Gym just like they do in the city? Almost every other place around has their own pool, basketball court, and other facility. But not everywhere has a nearby gym that they can join in for cheap. And I’m not talking about heading to the Gym @ the Rock which some people prefer to walk closer to home. Why not make a gym adjacent to Astoria Park fit for everyone to use, and reliable to maintain? Plus that so-called mini gym/laundry area in the Terrace Projects doesn’t even count as one. There’s no weights, no legit machines for proper routine, etc. So, in short, just give something back to the community and let us have somewhere to stay fit and close to the people that live there.


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