The ‘revolutionary’ Participatory Budgeting process has doubled in size for its second year. Starting with only four Council Members, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Brad Lander, Eric Ulrich and Jumaane Williams, they will be joined by Council Members David Greenfield, Daniel Halloran, Stephen Levin and Mark Weprin this year. Through the Participatory Budgeting process, community members will directly decide how to spend at least 1 million dollars in capital funds in each of the eight participating districts. Typically, this funding is distributed at the exclusive discretion of Council Members but this year 1.3 million residents of these eight districts will have an opportunity to brainstorm, shape and vote on capital projects in their district. The lead community partner in this project is El Barrio/East Harlem-based Community Voices Heard and the lead technical assistance partner is the Participatory Budgeting Project. General information about the citywide PB process is available at www.pbnyc.org and their rulebook can be found here.
PB Year 2 (2013): Voting Results
Voting happened between Monday, April 1st and Sunday, April 7th. Below are the winning projects, which total $1.9 million.
PB Year 1 (2012): Voting Results
Voting happened between Sunday, March 25th and Saturday, March 31st. Below are the winning projects, which total $1.54 million.
- Transportation for Seniors and Meals-on-Wheels Delivery Van ($100,000) – 579 votes
- Security Cameras in Several NYCHA Developments ($525,000) – 499 votes. Includes Jefferson, Johnson, Betances, Millbrook, Washington, Taft, Clinton, & Wagner complexes
- Playground Improvements ($500,000) – 300 votes. At both Douglass and Millbrook Houses
- A Home for Harlem RBI and Dream Charter School ($250,000) – 292 votes
- Ultrasound System for Metropolitan Hospital ($105,000) – 252 votes
- New Technology for New York Public Library’s Aguilar Branch ($60,000) – 248 votes
If you are interested in taking part or have any questions or suggestions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.