Prospect Park

Budget delegates for the Parks and Recreation committee get real

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Participatory Budgeting update from JC Martinez-Sifre of the Parks and Recreation Committee:

The reality is beginning to set in for budget delegates engaged in Councilmember Brad Lander's initiative to make participatory budgeting a functional reality in his district.

“I think we’re all beginning to understand how big a process this is going to be,” said Budget Delegate, Michael Hickey of Kensington. The delegates, if they weren't already aware, are coming to understand that this is not going to be a brief exercise in spending a million dollars of public funds. Read more »

Of Dumpster Pools and Solar Panels: Checking In on NYC’s Participatory Budgeting Project

Channel 13 WNET
12/12/2011

Participatory budgeting, an experiment in democratic engagement that launched in New York City this fall, allows citizens to suggest how their tax dollars should be spent, and then to vote on the proposed ideas.

Hundreds of people in the districts of the four  Council members involved — Brad LanderJumaane WilliamsMelissa Mark-Viverito and Eric Ulrich — attended public assemblies over the past few months to share their ideas on how to spend approximately $1 million per district in capital funds. The proposals are now being considered by volunteer committees and will be put to a vote this spring. Read more »

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 »

Julian Brennan Way (aka PPW and 15th Street)

Julian Brennan Way Co-Naming Ceremony

Prospect Park West at 15th Street (where it intersects Bartel Pritchard Square) is now "Julian Brennan Way."  Marine Lance Corporal Julian Brennan lived in South Park Slope, in a family that reflects much of what is best about our community. He loved his country, and he expressed a deep empathy for the Afghan people. Julian was 25 when he was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan’s Farah Province on January 24, 2009.  On Saturday, October 29, we had the honor of remembering him by co-naming the block in his memory.

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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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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 »

The patron of Prospect Park: Business owner cleans up park for free

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New York Daily News
08/23/2011

A business owner who lives in Kensington is pitching in to help tackle cash-strapped Prospect Park's trash problem.

Armando Gonzalez, the owner of Sunshine Best Cleaning Inc., recently wrote to Mayor Bloomberg offering to send professional cleaning crews into the park free of charge.

Gonzalez, 55, made the offer after reading an article in the Daily News about how budget cuts made it harder for the city to maintain its parks - leaving them marred with piles of garbage. Read more »

A Walk for Prospect Park

Our friends at the Prospect Park Alliance are holding a walk-a-thon on September 18th to raise money for Brooklyn's backyard.  Here are the details:

Join us for the Alliance's second annual walk-a-thon!  Read more »

Councilmember Brad Lander Hails Win for Community in Prospect Park West Bike Path Case

Date: 8/16/11

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Contact: Councilmember Brad Lander’s office, Alex Moore 718-499-1090 amoore [at] council [dot] nyc [dot] gov

COUNCILMEMBER BRAD LANDER HAILS WIN FOR COMMUNITY IN PROSPECT PARK WEST BIKE PATH CASE

Brooklyn, NY- Councilmember Brad Lander released the following statement in response to Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Bert Bunyan’s ruling today, dismissing a lawsuit challenging the Prospect Park West bike path in the case of Seniors for Safety v. NYC Department of Transportation: Read more »