March 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.