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Forest Hills: Cast Your Ballot in This Year’s Participatory Budgeting Vote

Voting will take place through April 7. (Flickr)

April 1, 2019 By Laura Hanrahan

Residents of District 29 can cast their votes this week to help Council Member Karen Koslowitz determine what the district’s participatory budget will be spent on.

Voting will be set up throughout the district, which encompases Rego Park, Kew Gardens, Forest Hills and and Richmond Hill, at a different location each day.

Ten different projects will be on the ballot, aimed at improving services and facilities throughout the neighborhoods. Two of the proposals involve library improvements, with one suggesting renovations for the Richmond Hill Library and the other calling for upgrades to all library entrances to make them ADA accessible.

As is common with participatory budget projects, the majority of the proposed projects feature schools and playgrounds.

On the ballot are new water fountains at P.S. 99, P.S. 101, P.S. 139, P.S. 174, P.S. 175, P.S. 206, JHS 157, and JHS 190; technology access for all students at P.S. 175, P.S. 51 and P.S. 220; bathroom renovations at P.S. 101, P.S. 139, P.S. 175, P.S. 206, P.S. 220, and P.S. 51; new fitness equipment and painted track at Russell Sage Playground; and chess board tables at Real Good Playground.

The remaining projects focus on transit improvements. Proposed are resurfacing deteriorated sections of road throughout the district, adding bus countdown clocks to multiple stops, and creating a pedestrian island at Union Turnpike and Queens Boulevard.

For more details on the projects, click here.

Voting will be held every day except Friday until Sunday, April 7. Locations are as follows:

  • April 1, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Forest Hills Library
  • April 2, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Russel Sage Playground
  • April 3, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Rego Park Library
  • April 4, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Real Good Playground
  • April 6, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Austin Street/Lefferts Boulevard
  • April 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Forest Hills Greenmarket


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John O'Reilly

Am I overlooking something? How come residents in other City Council districts (for example the 26th Council District) can vote on line, but that’s not available in the 29th Council District?

Sara Ross

If you come to this country and are given the right to vote how you want (and it’s assumed you got a drivers license here) you should speak enough English to understand”vote here”.


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