March madness, PBNYC style! (a.k.a "Meet Your Ballot")
March madness! For some, that means the NCAA college basketball tournament. Good luck choosing your brackets.
But here in NYC, March also brings another great set of choices: Participatory Budgeting (PBNYC) Vote Week. The time of year when New Yorkers gather together for “revolutionary civics in action” and vote to fund community projects, submitted by their neighbors, designed to improve our neighborhood public schools, parks, libraries, and more.
PBNYC has become a powerful exercise in democracy -- at a time when our democratic system is facing very real threats. Collectively, Americans have done a poor job acting as stewards of our democracy, as a vehicle for coming together, across lines of difference, to solve problems. PBNYC is one of the best answers.
The 2017 ballot for our district is here. Your neighbors have come together in small groups to brainstorm and develop these 19 great projects. Check them out and get ready to fill out your PBNYC bracket.
PBNYC vote week will run from March 25th through April 2nd. You’ll have the chance to vote at our next #GetOrganizedBK meeting on Monday, March 27th. The PBNYC Project Expo will be on Wednesday, March 29th. And we’ll have poll sites throughout the district.
Please take three simple actions right now:
1. Pledge to vote.
You’ll be able to vote for 5 capital projects (the winning projects up to $1.5 million will be funded).
CHiPS Mobile Showers for Homeless Neighbors
Renovate a Beloved, Busy, and Bare-Bones Dog Run
Install ¼ mile markers on Prospect Park Drive
Bring Water to Thomas Cuite Park (“Froggy Park”)
More Street Trees Throughout the District
Realtime Bus Arrival Info near Subway Stops
Safer street crossing for middle school students
FabLab for MS 442 Project-Based STEM Learning
A/C for Sweltering PS230 Cafeteria
Repavement of PS 130 Schoolyard
And you’ll vote for 3 programming projects (the winning projects up to $50,000 will be funded):
Tech for Immigrant Families & After-School Programs
Sharing Theater Arts with Developmentally Disabled NYers
Creative Engagement for Alzheimer’s Patients & Training for Caregivers
Start-up Support for New Tenant Union
Empower Immigrant Workers by Supporting Local Cooperative
STEM Robotics Kits for PS133 Science Club
Talking about Race and Equity in Distr. 15 Schools
#GOBK Bystander Intervention Trainings
Dozens of volunteer “budget delegates” have labored diligently over the past few months to turn hundreds of ideas into these vetted projects. Working with my office, and City agencies, they researched needs and feasibility and cost, to create the ballot you see now. Endless thanks to them for countless hours of hard work, on all of our behalf. You can meet the delegates at the PBNYC Project Expo on March 29th.
For full descriptions, as well as the cost and location of each project, visit the ballot page here. You’ll also find the full list of voting times and locations, opportunities to volunteer, previously funded projects, and a pledge where you can commit to vote in PBNYC. If you
Having a hard time picking your favorites? Us too. (Unfortunately, 538 doesn’t offer recommendations for how to fill out this bracket). But be on the lookout: we’ll be sharing more in-depth highlights of all the projects, and more information about how to vote. Please note: requests to vote absentee must be submitted by 3/17.
Good luck with your brackets!