Kensington

New Program Lets Taxpayers Do More than Gripe About City Spending

Gotham Gazette
12/02/2011

From the Occupy protestors to millions expressing disgust with debt ceiling debacle, many American are angry about how the government spends money,. something most of them have little control over outside the polling booth. Now, four New York City Council members are trying to change this and give residents a direct say in where the funding goes, at least on a local level.

"I walk down my street every day, wishing I could do something about the conditions," said Ali Abdul Rahman, a resident of Brooklyn’s 39th district, who is getting the opportunity to do some budget . "Well, now there is." Read more »

Participatory Budgeting Transit Committee Seeks Best Projects for Scarce Funds

Transit committee meeting

Participatory Budgeting update from Sara Nordmann of the Transit Committee:

The Transit Committee of District 39‘s Participatory Budgeting Initiative met on Nov. 16th at PS 230 for our first real gathering as a group.

That evening, Bill Henderson, the Executive Director of the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee (PCAC) to the MTA, discussed with us the feasibility issues concerning the project proposals submitted during the community-meeting process. He emphasized that even small projects cost much, much more than us regular folks would expect, particularly when they involve interrupting regular transit service. Read more »

MTA: Revise Planned Station Closures at Ft. Hamilton Pkwy and 15th St

Please sign our petition, urging the MTA to work with our community to revise its planned service suspension at the 15th Street & Fort Hamilton F/G stations, to address safety concerns.

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Volunteer escort program gets women home safely after string of sex attacks hit Brooklyn

Volunteer escort program gets women home safely after string of sex attacks hit
New York Daily News
10/23/2011

It was dark and rainy outside the Fort Hamilton Parkway subway station in Brooklyn when Tim Malloy approached a woman and offered to walk her home.

She looked confused, even alarmed - and no wonder, since the Windsor Terrace neighborhood is one of the areas where serial gropers have struck.

Malloy, 46, a security guard, explained that he had started a volunteer escort program because of the string of 20 sexual attacks.

"I thought you were being creepy," the woman said, apologizing. Read more »

Will MTA Make Changes to Upcoming F/G Platform Closures for Safety Reasons?

Fort Hamilton subway sign
Windsor Terrace Blog
10/21/2011

When service in one direction at two local subway stationsis suspended for five months, residents are concerned that the walk home from an alternate station, or waiting on an empty platform to transfer backwards, is incredibly dangerous given the recent string of sexual attacks. Councilmember Brad Lander agrees, and has asked New York City Transit to consider some alternatives to its current plan. Read more »

Audio: Participatory Budgeting

The Brian Lehrer Show
10/21/2011

Brad Lander, Brooklyn City Councilman (D-39), and Melissa Mark-Viverito, city council member representing East Harlem and parts of the Bronx and Upper West Side, and member of the council's Progressive Caucus, discuss their new plan to involve constituents in budget allocation.

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Ready, set ... PB!

We're off-and-running with participatory budgeting.  After much preparation -- thanks again to our district organizing committee and all the volunteers helping so far -- we've started the outreach to get hundreds of people to contribute ideas & help shape the projects that will eventually appear on the ballot. Read more »

4 Council Members, Each With $1 Million, Will Let Public Decide How It’s Spent

New York Times
09/14/2011

Four City Council members, intrigued by experiments begun in Brazil to let ordinary citizens determine how government uses tax dollars, say they plan to allow their constituents to decide how $4 million is spent next year. Read more »

Check Out the New Mural!

Groundswell mural
Kensington Prospect
09/02/2011

Editor's Note: Councilmember Brad Lander is happy to have provided funding to help Kensignton youth paint this wonderful mural on Church Avenue.

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The new mural on East 5th Street at Church Avenue was unveiled yesterday at a ceremony featuring folks from the Groundswell Community Mural Project, the Department of Transportation, and some people from the community who helped make it happen. Read more »