2014-04-11 / Top Stories

Ulrich Announces Participatory Budget Results

On Tuesday, April 8, Councilmember Eric Ulrich announced the results of the latest round of participatory budgeting in Council District 32.

This year, over $2 million dollars in capital projects will be funded by Ulrich based on the results of the public voting in Community Board 9 and 14. This year was the first year that Community Board 9 participated in the project. Differing from other council districts, the Community Board 14 and 9 portions of Ulrich’s district ran independent projects to decide how to spend $1 million each. Nearly a thousand residents voted this year.

Councilmember Ulrich said “I am deeply grateful to everyone that contributed to the participatory budget process this year. My constituents have proven that they want a say in how their tax dollars are spent. I look forward to bringing the process back next year and working with my constituent’s to expand their voice in the budget process.”

Here are the results for Community Board 14, which covers Rockaway and Broad Channel.

Listed are the total votes each project received and the amount of funds they requested.

The final winners were proposals one through six 1. School Upgrades $320,000 (475 votes) SAT Prep area with computers at Beach Channel High School; Protective padding and scoreboard for gym and technology upgrades at PS 317/MS 318; Lighting equipment and control board for auditorium in Scholars’ Academy; tech upgrades at PS47; Landscaping at PS 114. 2. ADA compatible swing sets $150,000

(340 votes)

Installation of swing sets for children with special needs at various playgrounds in Broad Channel & Rockaway. 3. Improvements to Broad Channel Park

$100,000 (341 votes)

Resurfacing of basketball courts and reconfigure to courts to be used for roller hockey play area. 4. Median resurfacing and beautification

$100,000 (325 votes)

Landscaping and decorative planting on medians coming in Rockaway from Marine Pkwy Bridge. 5. Additional Funding for Performance

Space $200,000 (309 votes)

Money to add audio equipment and electrical system at performance space gazebo that was funded in 1st year of PB and will be installed with new boardwalk. 6. Sea themed statue $150,000 (298 votes)

Design and construction of a seathemed statue to be designed with community input. 7. Adult Exercise Equipment $100,000

(274 votes)

Installation of adult exercise equipment in parks along Shore Front Parkway. 8. Community Information Boards

$35,000 (198 votes)

Installation of community information boards at various locations. Boards will allow for maps and space for community meeting notices.

Also released were the results for Community Board 9’s Participatory Budgeting results.

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