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Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2019 10:30 am

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) officially kicked off his sixth round of participatory budgeting Monday with the announcement of five neighborhood planning assemblies to be held across the 26th District starting next week.

Van Bramer is again committing at least $1 million from the city budget to the projects that receive the most votes from residents. Last March, he allocated just over $2 million to the five projects with the highest vote count, plus a surprise bonus winner.

“Participatory Budgeting is proof that when we all work together and make our voices heard, we can make our community a better place to live. I am thrilled to kick off our sixth year of Participatory Budgeting by hosting five neighborhood assemblies across the 26th District,” Van Bramer said in his announcement. “Last year, we saw so many people get involved in the process and come up with amazing ideas for projects to improve our schools, libraries, public housing, and more. I encourage everyone to come out to one of our upcoming neighborhood assemblies and to share their ideas on how we should reinvest our taxpayer dollars in our local neighborhoods.”

The councilman’s district includes Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside and some of Astoria. The five assemblies will be held:

1. Monday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. at the Ravenswood Community Center in the Ravenswood Houses, at 35-40 21 St., in Long Island City/Astoria;

2. Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Sunnyside Library, at 43-06 Greenpoint Ave.;

3. Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. at the Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement, at the Queensbridge Houses, at 10-25 41 Ave. in Long Island City;

4. Thursday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Woodside Community Center, at the Woodside Houses, at 50-19 Broadway; and

5. Monday, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. at the Hunters Point Library, at 47-40 Center Blvd. in Long Island City.

Residents also may submit proposals at ideas.pbnyc.org/page/about. Anyone in the district at least 11 years old can vote on the projects when the time comes for that.

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