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Idea collection phase is now open! Please submit your ideas here

For a timeline and in-person assemblies (where we'll gather as a community to come up with ideas), please click here

What is Participatory Budgeting? 

The Participatory Budgeting Process gives New Yorkers the power to decide how to spend tax dollars in our neighborhoods. If you're not familiar with PBNYC, here's how it works:

  • First, you and your neighbors come up with ideas for projects that will help our schools, libraries, parks, streets, and other shared spaces.
  • Next, we work together to research the feasibility and need for each project, and finalize a list of projects to put on the ballot.
  • Finally, we hold a public vote on the ideas, and together decide which of the great ideas will get funded. 

About Participatory Budgeting:

The PBNYC process gives New Yorkers the power to decide how to spend tax dollars in our neighborhoods. Over the past five years, thousands of you have given your ideas, researched needs, developed proposals, and come out to vote. Based on your votes, we’ve funded some great projects throughout the 39th Council district — from libraries to schools. 

The Participatory Budgeting Process: 

Participatory Budgeting is a yearlong process that depends from start to finish on the participation of you and your neighbors. The first step each year is a series of “neighborhood assemblies” where residents come together to brainstorm and share ideas for needed projects. After ideas are presented, volunteers research each idea, including costs and specifics of every proposed project. Details of the suggested projects are reviewed, finalized, and presented at the Participatory Budgeting Expo in the weeks before the vote. Finally, residents from across the district come out to vote for their favorite projects, and together we collectively decide which of the proposed projects will get funded.


Any resident of my district age 14 and older can vote in PBNYC – even if you are not a registered voter. All you need is an ID (license, passport, IDNYC), a utility bill, or some other document stating your name and address.

You can make sure you live in my district (or another one that participates in PBNYC) by typing in your address here. 

In Council Member Lander's District:

You have the opportunity to allocate up to $1.5 million toward capital projects. These projects tend to be toward improving a long-term asset such as equipment or building. Our district also participates with allocating $50,000 toward expense projects, often short-term programming/expenses to organizations that benefit the community. 

Want to learn even more? 

You can also find more information about the history of Participatory Budgeting and more here

Participatory Budgeting would not be successful without the support of community organizations across New York, including:

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