Showdown Next Week
Votes Urged For 2 Projects
Islanders can secure funding for two Island projects next week, but a heavy turnout of voters will be required.
The WIRE reported on a green roof plan for PS/IS 217 (March 28 issue; story online).
The second project, if it outdraws votes for 14 off-Island projects in the City Council district represented by Ben Kallos, will provide the community’s new library branch with special audio-visual equipment – including support for an induction looping system that transmits meeting (and other) audio directly into the cochlear implants or hearing aids of those with hearing disabilities. If it happens, it will be a first for Roosevelt Island, even though such systems are required by federal law.
Voting throughout Kallos’ district starts this weekend from noon to 4:00 at the district office, 244 East 93rd Street.
The first opportunity to vote on the Island comes Monday (April 13) at PS/IS 217, 7:30-10:30 a.m. Votes will also be taken at the Senior Center, 546 Main Street, on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
There’s a full list of voting times and locations on page 7.
Sharon Bermon, who has a hearing disability and has worked to promote the looping project with Christina Delfico and Lydia Tang, points out that the cost of the equipment is only a few thousand dollars out of the $1 million being awarded in the Participatory Budgeting process for the Island’s City Council district.