Your Neighborhood Needs You!
Our 5th year of Participatory Budgeting NYC (PBNYC) has just wrapped up! But we'll be getting the process for our 6th year underway soon. Check back here for more details.
The 2016 winning Participatory Budgeting projects are …
- New “Lake Mess Monster,” an Aquatic Weed Harvester ($140,000) – 1692 votes
- Year-Round, Freeze-Resistant Drinking Fountains ($175,000) – 1541 votes
- Bus Clocks on B67/B69: Know When Bus Arrives! ($240,000) -- 1533 votes
- Create Teen Space at Carroll Gardens Library ($350,000) – 1321 votes
- West Brooklyn Community HS Portable Laptop Lab ($105,000) –1275 votes
- Mobile Studios" for Artists and Orgs in Gowanus ($150,000) – 1122 votes
- Curb Extension & Safer Crossing- Carroll Park ($150,000) –- 1115 votes
- Retrofit 75 Auditorium Lights for Safety at PS 282 ($200,000) – 1024 votes
- Translation Equipment for Multi-Lingual Schools ($25,000) – 1891 votes
- Music Equipment for Three Senior Centers ($5,000) – 1618 votes
- Overnight Book Drops at Three Library Branches ($24,000) – 1388 votes
- First, you and your neighbors come up with ideas for cool projects that will help our schools, libraries, parks, streets, and other shared spaces.
- Next, we work together to research the feasibility and need for each project, and finalize a list of projects to put on the ballot.
- Finally, we hold a public vote on the ideas, and together decide which of the great ideas will get funded.
Want to learn even more? Check out this quick video to learn about how the process works:
About Participatory Budgeting:
The PBNYC process gives New Yorkers the power to decide how to spend tax dollars in our neighborhoods. Over the past four years, thousands of you have given your ideas, researched needs, developed proposals, and come out to vote. Based on your votes, we’ve funded 29 great projects throughout the 39th Council district — from libraries to schools. For my 5th year, I'm again committing $1.5 million dollars.
The Participatory Budgeting Process:
Participatory Budgeting is a yearlong process that depends from start to finish on the participation of you and your neighbors. The first step each year is a series of “neighborhood assemblies” where residents come together to brainstorm and share ideas for needed projects. After ideas are presented, volunteers research each idea, including costs and specifics of every proposed project. Details of the suggested projects are reviewed, finalized, and presented at the Participatory Budgeting Expo in the weeks before the vote. Finally, residents from across the district come out to vote for their favorite projects, and together we collectively decide which of the proposed projects will get funded.
Momentum for participatory budgeting has been growing. For the 2015-2016 election 28 districts across NYC (up from 4 when we started) took part. Cities around the country are joining in.
Participatory Budgeting would not be successful without the support of community organizations across New York, including:
- New York City Council
- Community Voices Heard
- Participatory Budgeting Project
- The District Committee for City Council District 39