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2015 Winning Projects
Thank you for your participation in our 4th year of Particpatory Budgeting. The winning projects from the 2015 election (funded in FY 2016) are as follows:
1) A/C for PS124 Cafeteria (Title 1 School) ($200,000) -- 1442 votes
The below-ground cafeteria is plagued by heat from an open kitchen and poor circulation. The space is unbearably hot Spring through Fall. The school hosts summer programs and the space is used year round. Location: 515 4th Ave. (13th St – 14th St in Park Slope)
2) PS 146/MS 448 Innovative Gym Renovation ($225,000) -- 1200 votes
BNS/BCS serves 1,400 children. 50% qualify for free lunch. 30% have disabilities. Overcrowding is an issue. Renovation of a room (currently not useable) allows for physical fitness, yoga, dance, etc. Location: 610 Henry St. (3rd Pl – 4th Pl in Carroll Gardens)
3) PS 179 Auditorium Renovation ($230,000) -- 1196 votes
A title 1 school with 1,000 students; 45% are English Language Learners. The renovation would make a decrepit auditorium functional with a wireless sound system, new curtains and a refurbished stage. Location: 202 Avenue C (E. 2nd E 3rd St. in Kensington)
4) Make Union Street and 9th Street Greener ($150,000) -- 1100 votes
A green corridor taking shape along Union St will be extended bt Bond & 4th Ave. Bioswales will capture stormwater and create habitat. Pending geotechnical study, 9th St will also be greened this way. Location: Union & 9th Sts, Bond-4th Ave (Gowanus)
5) Four Safer Intersections on Hicks Street ($300,000) -- 1077 votes
Augment an existing project to make painted curb extensions permanent with concrete, at four high-crash intersections: Kane, Sackett, Union, and Summit Streets. Improve pedestrian & traffic safety. Location: Hicks St b/w Kane & Summit Sts (Cobble Hill & Carroll Gardens)
6) Technology for Local Arts Non-Profits ($90,000) -- 1027 votes
New computers, projectors, and storage servers for three well-established, local non-profits – Groundswell, Reelworks, and Rooftop Films—to benefit the arts education of underserved youth. Location: (Gowanus)
7) New Drainage along Path in Prospect Park ($200,000) -- 997 votes
Fix flooding along path near Dongan Oak Monument by excavating the area, reconstructing catch basins, and installing new drainage. This is a popular area for runners and pedestrians along East Drive. Location: B/w Battle Pass & the Zoo (Prospect Park)
8) Park Slope Library Storytelling Garden ($250,000) -- 936 votes
Convert the branch’s south lawn into an edible garden with raised beds and benches. In the sheltered hollow behind the building, construct a child-friendly micro-amphitheater for outdoor storytelling. Location: 431 6th Ave. at 9th Street (Park Slope)
About Participatory Budgeting:
The PBNYC process gives New Yorkers the power to decide how to spend tax dollars in our neighborhoods. Over the past three years, thousands of you have given your ideas, researched needs, developed proposals, and come out to vote. Based on your votes, we’ve funded 22 great projects throughout the 39th Council district — from libraries to schools. For my 4th year, I increased my commitment from $1 million dollars to $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 election 24 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