The new year of PBNYC is about to launch – please join us!

The new year of PBNYC is about to launch – please join us!

It’s that time of the year again: our 6th cycle of Participatory Budgeting NYC (PBNYC) is about to kick off, and we need your help – and your ideas – to make this another fantastic year of grassroots democracy. 

Last year over 67,000 people voted citywide, funding $38 million worth of projects in 28 districts around the city.  Here in our district you voted on $1.5 million worth of projects – including translation equipment in 5 public schools, bus countdown-clocks for the B67/B69,  new laptop carts for a high school, new “mobile art studios,” and so much more.

If you’ve had a good experience with PBNYC in the past, we hope you’ll continue – and even increase – your involvement this year.

Submit an idea to improve your neighborhoodhelp out at a neighborhood assembly, or join a delegate committee to see how these projects make it to the ballot, from start to finish. PBNYC only works because people like you step up and make it your own.

You can give your idea to improve your neighborhood, and learn about the many ways that you can get more involved at our upcoming PBNYC assemblies this fall. Some of our assemblies will feature conversations focused on specific issue areas (per the descriptions below) but there will be room for general discussion at all of them.

Join us for one (or more, if you’re interested) of the following events:

PBNYC Assembly at Carroll Gardens Library
Focus on Arts and Education
Monday, September 19th
6:30 p.m.
396 Clinton St. (near Union St.), Brooklyn, NY

PBNYC Assembly at Park Slope Library
Focus on Streets & Transit, Parks, and the Environment
Thursday, September 22
6:30 p.m.
431 6th Ave. (near 9th St.), Brooklyn, NY
PBNYC Assembly at PS 230
Wednesday, September 28
6:30 pm
1 Albemarle Rd (btw Dahill Rd. and McDonald Ave), Brooklyn, NY

These assemblies won’t be the only place where you can contribute an idea, or learn how to get more involved in the process. My staff and members of the District Committee (the volunteers that make all decisions about how PBNYC in our district will run) will be collecting ideas on a more informal basis too. Look for us at street fairs and your neighborhood park on sunny days throughout the fall.

We will also be at civic meetings and community events throughout the district over the next few months. If your organization is hosting an event that you would like us to attend, we’d love to join. Email the details to %20lander [at] council [dot] nyc [dot] gov" target="_blank" data-mce-href="mailto:%20lander [at] council [dot] nyc [dot] gov">lander [at] council [dot] nyc [dot] gov.

We’re also collecting ideas online. If you can’t make it to one of our neighborhood assemblies, submit your PBNYC idea here

This whole process wouldn’t happen without a team of dedicated volunteers and neighbors like you committed to making PBNYC a success.

When we launched PBNYC, the New York Times called it “revolutionary civics in action.” Six years later, it remains that way, thanks to your involvement.

Let’s make it even better this year.

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