2012 Annual Report: Revolutionary Civics in Action
Our community stepped up in big ways in 2012. We made Participatory Budgeting a huge success in its first year. We organized enormous support and relief for Hurricane Sandy victims. We opened new libraries, and continued to work together to improve our public schools, parks, streets, and safety. And we organized together for change at City Hall to help build a more just, sustainable, and equal city.
As in past years, I have a commitment to reporting to you every January on my work as your City Council Member. More than in the past, this year’s report feels more like a report on our work together – starting with the new bathrooms at PS 124, where you voted in PB to provide a little dignity to the kindergartners. It also outlines what’s next in our work together – like cleaning up the Gowanus Canal – as we move into a year of transition in New York City government.
Please take a few minutes to explore the report, reflect on what we did and what we learned together, and think about what our priorities should be for the year ahead.
2012 Annual Report: Quick Links
I’m proud of our work engaging the community in a time of change. Hurricane Sandy showed our shared vulnerability, and also how powerfully we can act together. Our challenge is to build on that, not only in a crisis, but beyond. As author Rebecca Solnit puts it “The recovery of this purpose and closeness without crisis or pressure is the great contemporary task of being human.”
That’s what we’re doing with participatory budgeting, and with so many other efforts: strengthening our civic infrastructure, so we can strengthen our social and physical infrastructure. By working together, we are bringing about better government – as a vehicle for organized compassion, and smart investments in our shared future – at both a neighborhood and citywide scale. As New York City faces some big transitions in government in 2013, we have an important moment to learn from and build on these efforts.
I'd love your feedback on the 2012 Annual Report, and where we go from here. Please email me your thoughts and ideas at lander [at] council [dot] nyc [dot] gov.
What does your neighborhood need? An improved park? Safer streets? New school technology? In participatory budgeting, you give your ideas and City Councilmember Brad Lander has set aside $1 million to fund them. And your votes will decide which projects get funded.