Some new candidates on the (PBNYC) ballot!

Some new candidates on the (PBNYC) ballot!

PBNYC Vote Week is underway – and there are some new candidates on the ballot!

For the first time ever, we’ll be offering a brand new voting opportunity. In addition to voting on how to spend $1.5 million on the “capital projects ballot” (with 13 great projects like those from prior years), you’ll also get to vote on how to spend $50,000 on our brand new “program ballot.” 

Every year, during the PBNYC brainstorming phase, we hear many great ideas that don’t meet the criteria for “city capital” funding, which has to be for “bricks-and-mortar” projects.

So this year, we are offering an entire second ballot of projects that qualify for city “programmatic” funding that lets us really take advantage of all the creativity we see in PBNYC.  I’m proud to say we are the only district in NYC piloting this new opportunity.

These programmatic funds can be used for smaller and more flexible projects. They still have to be one-time projects (i.e. they can’t pay for new staff positions), and we were looking for “catalytic” projects that will help make change or start something new.

You can read more about a few of the new projects in DNAinfo and see full descriptions of all 6 below.

Here are the 6 great projects on this year’s inaugural programmatic ballot (you can vote for up to 3, and we will fund the winning projects up to $50,000):

Translation Equipment for 5 Multi-Lingual Public Schools 

Allows interpreters to provide live translation during school events.  Non-English speaking audience members listen through headsets. Equipment accommodates up to 8 languages and 2,000 receivers.

Location: PS 130, PS 131, PS 179, PS 230, and MS 839

Cost:  $25,000

Student Teams Lead School Diversity Programming

IntegrateNYC4me will assist 4 intentionally diverse schools in developing plans to foster inclusion and integration. Student-based teams will present ideas to school communities and partner schools.

Location: PS133, Bklyn New School, Bklyn Arts & Sci, PS372 aka Brooklyn Children’s School

Cost:  $11,000

EWaste Bicycle Pick-up to Gowanus Warehouse

A pilot program where unwanted electronic items will be picked up by cargo bicycle and brought to the Gowanus E-waste warehouse. The pilot will serve those within a one mile radius of the warehouse.

Location: LES Ecology Center's Gowanus EWaste Warehouse

Cost: $19,000

Overnight Book Drops at Three Library Branches

Installation of overnight book drops at three district library branches to enable after-hours library returns. The drops will make utilizing the library easier and help people avoid fines.

Cost: $24,000 ($8,000/drop)

Location: Carroll Gardens, Windsor Terrace & Borough Park 

Music Equipment for Three Senior Centers

Music equipment for three district senior centers, including guitars and keyboards, to enhance current music programming and to facilitate new programs such as keyboard classes and karaoke.

Cost: $5,000

Location: Prospect Hill, Eileen Dugan, Park Slope Senior Ctrs

Tech Upgrade at Imani House Social Service Center

Upgrade Imani House's old office tech—computers, printer, software, etc.—to help them aid education for youth, families, immigrants; help the jobless and homeless; and advocate for women's rights.

Cost: $24,000

Location: Imani House – 76A 5th Ave in Park Slope

I want to give a big thank you to our District Committee of PBNYC veteran volunteers for coming up with this idea and figuring out how to make it happen.
 Thanks to their hard work, we can offer these great new projects and take even more advantage of the wonderful outpouring of creativity we see very year in PBNYC.

If you haven’t already please take a minute to decide where and when to vote, review the full list of projects on both ballots this year, and pledge to vote.

And mark your calendar for the PBNYC project expo and vote kick off!

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 all of our 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 on both ballots right at the event too!

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