Unveiling the ballot for participatory budgeting
What would you do with $1 million? Participatory budgeting is our opportunity to decide how to invest in our community – and the vote is next week.
Can we count on you? Pledge to vote as part of participatory budgeting.
There are twenty items on the ballot – read about all of them here – covering many of the needs of this community. It includes improvements for district schools, upgrades to our parks, new community spaces, and projects to green our environment and make it easier and safer to get around the district.
But what I have found more exciting than the great participatory budgeting projects are the people behind them. From people who I’ve seen at neighborhood meetings for decades to the fresh faces who saw this as an opportunity to make a difference in our community, our neighbors have walked the streets and done the research necessary to find the best projects for our neighborhoods.
Tuesday, March 27 - Thursday, March 29
Councilmember Lander’s District Office 7:30am - 8:00pm 456 5th Avenue, 3rd Floor
Saturday, March 31
Windsor Terrace Library 160 East 5th Street 10:00am - 4:30pm
PS 58 330 Smith Street (Enter on 1st Place) 10:00am - 6:00pm
Old Stone House 336 3rd Street 10:00am - 7:00pm
Sunday, April 1
Beth Jacob Day Care Center 1363 46th Street 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Stone House 336 3rd Street 10:00am - 5:00pm
Carroll Park Carroll and Smith Streets 10:00am - 5:00pm
Behind every project is a great story. On our website, you can watch videos about each project with interviews from the hard-working people who developed them.
And then you can decide which one to vote for! This is your opportunity to help decide how we will invest in our neighborhoods. Please commit to vote.
Participatory budgeting began six months ago, with neighborhood assemblies across the district where close to 1,000 people helped brainstorm ideas to improve the community. Then many of them spent the winter developing those ideas into full proposals, and now we are bringing the community together for the deciding vote.
If you haven’t already, now is the time to get involved. Make your voice heard and pledge to vote in participatory budgeting.
Participatory budgeting has helped renew my faith in local democracy - and many of you have told me the same. Let’s make this experiment a success and get out and vote!
You can vote for up to five projects. Voters must be 18 years or older and live in the district. When voting, please bring one or more documents proving current address and age. Visit http://pbnyc.org for a list of accepted documents.
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.