Residents can help decide how to spend $1M
by Holly Bieler
Aug 25, 2015 | 4759 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley
Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley
Ridgewood and Glendale residents will have a chance to decide what to do with $1 million this fiscal year, with City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley set to bring participatory budgeting to the people of District 30. Beginning next month, the Councilwoman will host a series of meetings to brainstorm potential projects.

The first meeting in Glendale will take place on Monday, September 28 at 6:30 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran School, with a second to follow at P.S. 113 on October 6. The first meeting in Ridgewood will take place Saturday, September 12 at the Ridgewood Library at 2:30 p.m.

Councilwoman Crowley said she hopes to execute at least one project in each of the neighborhoods she represents; Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village, Ridgewood and parts of Woodhaven and Woodside. “This year, I am able to bring Participatory Budgeting to my constituents and give them insight into the often lengthy and sometimes very expensive city budgeting process,” Councilwoman Crowley said in a statement. “This will provide a forum for active engagement between residents and myself to decide on capital projects, and calls for the participation of every community member.”

Councilwoman Crowley first announced her intention to take part in participatory budgeting during July’s Community Board 5 meeting, joining more than 20 city council members who utilized the process to allocate funds during the last cycle. Four other Queens Council members-- Councilmembers Ruben Wills, Peter Koo, Rory Lancman and Danny Dromm – did not participate in participatory budgeting as well. The councilwoman will be holding two neighborhood meetings in each neighborhood in the coming months.

Voting for the projects will close in February 2016, and final decisions will come out in April 2016. “We want the district’s participation,” Councilwoman Crowley said. “This budgeting process is by the community, for the community.”
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