PUBLIC HEARING ON QUEENS BUDGET PRIORITIES

Wednesday, January 29

(Jan. 21, 2020 at 11:48am)

QUEENS, NY – The Queens Borough Board, chaired by Acting Borough President Sharon Lee, will hold a public hearing on the Mayor’s Fiscal Year 2021 Preliminary Expense and Capital Budget on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, beginning at 10:00 AM at Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Boulevard in Kew Gardens.

The purpose of the hearing will be to obtain the views and recommendations of the Community Boards, community stakeholders and the residents of Queens regarding the proposals contained in the Mayor’s FY21 Preliminary Budget. This input will be used to develop the Queens Borough Board’s budget priorities for FY21.

“The City’s budget outlines how municipal resources are allocated and is a key driver of how our City implements public policy,” said Acting Borough President LEE. “The testimony presented during our budget priorities hearing will greatly help the Borough Board make a final recommendation on the City’s FY21 budget. All Queens residents are encouraged to participate in this important process that will help shape the future of our City.”

The Queens Borough Board is chaired by the Borough President and includes the members of the City Council representing Queens and the 14 chairs of the borough’s Community Boards. The City Charter requires the Borough Board to submit a document outlining its budget priorities each year to the Mayor, the City Council and the City’s Director of Management and Budget.

Members of the general public are encouraged to testify during the January 29 hearing, which will include presentations from representatives of local organizations seeking City funding.

***PLEASE INCLUDE IN YOUR COMMUNITY CALENDAR***

WHAT:        Public Hearing on FY21 Queens Budget Priorities

WHERE:      Queens Borough Hall (Room 200), 120-55 Queens Boulevard in Kew Gardens

WHEN:        Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 10:00 AM

WHO:           SHARON LEE, Acting Queens Borough President

                      MEMBERS OF THE QUEENS BOROUGH BOARD

Those wishing to testify in person are asked to register in advance by filling out the form found at this link.  Those who register will receive an emailed response providing the time slot during which they will be scheduled to testify.

The deadline to register is Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST. For more information, please visit www.queensbp.org/budget or call the Queens Borough President’s Budget Office at 718-286-2660.

Those testifying are asked to bring 25 copies of the written version of their testimony to the hearing. Speaking time will be limited to three minutes for each speaker.

Anyone unable to attend the hearing may still submit written testimony by emailing it to budget@queensbp.org by January 29, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST.

Once completed, the Borough Board’s official budget priorities document will be available on at www.queensbp.org/budget.

IMPORTANT FUNDING APPLICATION DEADLINES:

1)      Discretionary Capital Funding Application – February 28, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST

The Office of the Queens Borough President provides capital funding that can be used to fund large-scale projects, including but not limited to infrastructure improvements and affordable housing developments, and to purchase smaller-scale fixed assets like computers, SMART boards for schools and meal delivery vehicles.

For non-profit organizations (excluding cultural organizations) and charter schools: apply via the NYC CapGrants website at https://www1.nyc.gov/site/capitalgrants/index.page

For non-profit cultural organizations: apply via the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs website at http://www1.nyc.gov/site/dcla/cultural-funding/capital-funding-request-page-1.page.

For public schools: apply online at www.queensbp.org/budget.

2)      Discretionary Expense Funding Application – April 20, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST

The Office of the Queens Borough President provides expense funding to support a wide range of programs provided by community based organizations throughout Queens, including but not limited to senior programs, youth programs, social services and community events. Apply online at www.queensbp.org/budget.

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