QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz will chair an upcoming Borough Board public hearing on the Mayor’s Fiscal Year 2016 Preliminary Expense and Capital Budgets. The public hearing will be held in Room 200 on the second floor of Queens Borough Hall (located at 120-55 Queens Boulevard, Kew Gardens) on Monday, February 23, 2015, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The purpose of the hearing will be to obtain the views and recommendations of the Community Boards, community stakeholders and the residents of Queens on the proposals contained in the Mayor’s Fiscal Year 2016 Preliminary Budget. This input will be used to develop the Queens Borough Board’s budget priorities for Fiscal Year 2016.

“The public budget hearing will give me and my colleagues a valuable opportunity to assess the needs and concerns of Queens residents regarding the allocation of City resources,” Borough President Katz said. “The testimony presented will help the Borough Board greatly as we prepare our annual budget priorities document, which will be made up of recommendations on what the adopted version of the City’s budget should include this year.”

The Queens Borough Board is made up of the Borough President, 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 package of 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. Representatives from local organizations will present requests for City funding during the hearing.


WHAT:          Public Hearing on Queens Budget Priorities

WHEN:          Monday, February 23rd, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE:        Queens Borough Hall (Room 200)

120-55 Queens Boulevard in Queens.

Anyone wishing to deliver oral testimony during the hearing must register in advance for speaking time by visiting www.queensbp.org/budget. Those testifying are asked to bring 20 copies of the written version of their testimony to the hearing and to limit all written testimony to two pages only. 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 [email protected] by 5 p.m. on February 23, 2015.

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