PBNYC 2016 Ballot is here: What will you choose?

PBNYC 2016 Ballot is here: What will you choose?

You’re going to get a lot of chances to vote this year – the Presidential primary in April, the State legislative primary in September, and the General Election in November.

But only one ballot contains 13 fantastic local projects to improve our schools, parks, libraries, streets and transit: the PBNYC 2016 ballot for our district is here, and its time to get ready to vote on how you want to spend $1.5 million.

Participatory Budgeting (PBNYC) vote week kicks off in our district with the “Project Expo” on Tuesday evening, March 29th and continues through Sunday, April 3rd.

So I hope you’ll do three things right now:

  1. Check out the PBNYC 2016 ballot (summary below, project descriptions here).
  2. Pledge to vote.
  3. If you can, sign up to volunteer, so we can reach even more PBNYC voters.

Remember you can vote for up to 5, and we will fund the winning projects up to $1.5 million.

  • Create New Teen Space at Carroll Gardens Library
  • Beautify Outdoor Space at Borough Park Library
  • "Mobile Studios" for Artists and Orgs in Gowanus
  • Retrofit 75 Auditorium Lights for Safety at PS 282
  • PS 124 Dye Garden/Makerspace STEAM Enrichments 
  • West Brooklyn Community HS Portable Laptop Lab
  • New “Lake Mess Monster,” an aquatic weed harvester
  • Year-round, freeze-resistant drinking fountains along Prospect Park Drive
  • New Kensington Dog Run: Areas for Big and Small Dogs
  • Curb extension & safer crossing near Carroll Park
  • Pedestrian safety: Curb extension on Columbia St
  • Replace painted cross-hatch with concrete on PPSW
  • "Bus Clocks” on B67/B69: see when bus will arrive!

Huge thanks goes to the dozens of volunteer “budget delegates” who have labored diligently over the past few months to turn hundreds of ideas from residents throughout the district into the 13 feasible projects. Working together, they researched needs and feasibility and cost, met with community members, talked with staff at City agencies, and worked to put together a ballot full of projects throughout the district that reflect the values of participatory budgeting.

For full descriptions, as well as the exact cost and location of each project, visit the ballot page of my website, where you can also find the full list of voting times and locations, opportunities to volunteerpreviously funded projects, and a pledge where you can commit to vote in PBNYC.

And if you want to get a really good look at the projects, and meet the budget delegates who proposed them, mark your calendar for:

PBNYC Expo & Vote Kick Off
Tuesday, March 29th, 6:30  – 8:30 pm
Park Slope Library
431 6th Ave., between 8th St. and 9th St.

The Expo is like a “science fair” for PBNYC projects. The volunteer budget delegates who researched these projects inside and out will be on hand to answer your questions and let you know plenty of details about why each project is a great choice. You can cast your vote right at the event too!

Happy choosing!


P.S. Still not convinced? Need something “new and exciting” in PBNYC this year? Thinking its time to move beyond only voting on “brick and mortar” projects? Watch out for more information soon about a whole new area of PBNYC projects … coming to your ballot this spring.

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