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Choose how $1 million should be spent in the district, vote starts Saturday

HPSPlaygroundMarch 25, 2016 By Christian Murray

Western Queens residents will be able to start voting Saturday to determine how $1 million in New York City funds should be spent in the district.

Voters who live in Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City will be able to choose from up to 19 capital projects, with the most popular items being funded up to an aggregate total of $1 million.

Residents will have from March 26 through April 3 to cast their ballots and can do so at any polling booth in the 26th Council District. However, each polling booth will only be open for a limited period of time during the week (see attachment).

For instance, the only voting booth in Hunters Point will be at the New York Irish Center, located at 10-40 Jackson Avenue. This booth will be open on Tuesday, March 29, from 12:30 pm to 2:00pm. In Sunnyside there is also a defined list of times and locations.

Eight of the 19 projects on the ballot involve education upgrades, such as new laptops for PS 150 and the Academy of American Studies ($210,000) and a special needs playground for P4 Skillman, designed for children with autism spectrum disorders ($250,000).

PS 111, PS 166, Aviation High School and IS 204/Energy Tech High School all have proposed auditorium upgrades on the ballot.

Public housing in Van Bramer’s district is also heavily featured on the ballot.

The biggest ticket item on the ballot is a $500,000 canopy for the Hunter’s Point South Park playground. This project would involve the installation of a structure close to the playground that would provide shade.

Another project calls for the planting of trees on the 48th Avenue median, located between Vernon Blvd and 5th Street.

Van Bramer 2016 PB Voter Guide by Queens Post

PB JVB 2016 Voting Locations Community Facilities by Queens Post

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They were supposed to be at the mobile library last Saturday too and the table was there very briefly and after the egg hunt. If they don’t show up, like they didn’t yesterday at the Irish Center, Hunters Point residents will have had no opportunity to vote at all.


VOTING THIS SATURDAY AT GANTRY PLAZA (by mobile library on Center Blvd) from 12-3. April 2nd.

Disappointed LIC Resident

I came home early from work to vote today at the Irish Center and there was no voting – the people there were not even informed ahead of time. This was the only LIC voting location and it was not even set up to vote. How is our voice supposed to be heard in the neighborhood if they make voting next to impossible? Ridiculous.

ctiy is done

they know no one votes, if most did these morons would not be in office. that’s our fault, so we now we have bill de b, melissa mark whatever, and jvb. small business and taxpayers suffer, as do the general population who now have to watch their backs, so we don’t get slashed or stabbed. way to go bill, glad stop and frisk isn’t compromising thugs rights.


We desperately need the canopy over that playground. Let’s please vote and make it happen.


Hat, sunblock, and time management while in the sun will work just as well if you don’t get the canopy. I’m leaning towards the special needs playground despite having no personal interest in it.


No it won’t. It’s hot enough to fry an egg on that playground during the nicest part of the year. It’s close to unusable at midday, which is kind of a waste. If you go to Florida, most of the playgrounds have at least a partial canopy (if there are no trees) for this reason.


I played all my childhood in LIC in playgrounds without a canopy over my head. Millions of other kids in the U.S. also managed to survive their childhood after playing in uncanopied playgrounds. There has to be some sensible limits to what taxpayers should be paying for. Canopies over parks just doesn’t cut it.


That’s what they call Free Elections in NYC lol. People who work can’t vote and they pay the taxes.


Gee…most of the polling sites are only open in the middle of the day. I guess those of us with jobs who pay the taxes funding this shouldn’t have a say.


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