PBNYC Voting Week 2014

Who can vote?

Between March 29th and April 6th, residents of ten participating council districts will be able to vote on how to spend over $14 million of public money. If you live in one of the districts below and are 16 years of age or older, you can vote! Not sure if you're in one of the districts? Look up your home address here. Can’t participate because your district isn’t part of PBNYC? Ask your Council Member to try PB here or shoot them an email

Voting Dates & Locations

Voting will take place from March 29th to April 6thClick on the links below for your district to find out how you can vote and what you'll be voting on.


Participatory Budgeting in New York City (PBNYC) began in 2011 as an initiative of Council Members Melissa Mark-Viverito, Jumaane Williams, Eric Ulrich, and Brad Lander. In the third annual cycle of PBNYC, which began in September 2013, residents of ten participating districts have brainstormed spending ideas and worked together to turn these ideas into project proposals. Between March 29th and April 6th, residents ages 16 and up will decide what projects get funded with over $14 million in taxpayer dollars. PBNYC is supported by a lead technical assistance partner, The Participatory Budgeting Project, and a lead community engagement partner, Community Voices Heard.

Project Expos 2014

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Over the past few months, committees of volunteers called Budget Delegates have developed project proposals based on the ideas suggested by their communities last fall. Now they are ready to share these proposals with YOU! At the upcoming Project Expos, the committees will present their project ideas in advance of the PBNYC Vote later this spring (March 29-April 6). If you spend time in any of the districts below, come hear about the top contenders for improving your community's parks, streets, schools, and more! Not sure which district you live in? Find out here. Can’t participate because your district isn’t part of PBNYC? Contact your Council Member!

It's real money - at least $1 Million in each district - and you decide how it will be used.

Project Expo Schedule:

  • District 8, Melissa Mark-Viverito
    (East Harlem/El Barrio and Mott Haven in the Bronx)

    When: Thurs, March 13th, 6:30-8:00pm
    Where:
    Abraham House, 340 Willis Ave (at 142nd Street), Bronx
    When
    : Mon, March 17th, 6:30-8:30pm
    Where: Children's Aid Center, 130 E. 101st St., Manhattan
    mmvbudget [at] gmail [dot] com (Contact)  |  Previous Projects
  • District 23, Mark S. Weprin (Fresh Meadows, Oakland Gardens, Queens Village, Glen Oaks, Douglaston, Bayside, Hollis)
    When: Thurs, Feb. 27th, 7:00-9:00pm
    Where: Bayside Senior Center: 221-15 Horace Harding Expy., Queens
    mweprin [at] council [dot] nyc [dot] gov (Contact)  |  Previous Projects  |  Flyer
  • District 31, Donovan Richards Arverne, Far Rockaway, Bayswater, Edgemere)
    When: Weds, March 5th, 6:30-8:30pm
    Where: Location TBD
    mnoel [at] council [dot] nyc [dot] gov (Contact)
  • District 32, Eric Ulrich (Rockaway Beach, Rockaway Park, Belle Harbor, Breezy Point, Broad Channel, Neponsit, Richmond Hill, Ozone Park, Woodhaven)
    Expo TBD  |  rgiuliani [at] council [dot] nyc [dot] gov (Contact)  |  Previous Projects
  • District 33, Stephen Levin (Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Boerum Hill, DUMBO, Brooklyn Heights)
    When: Weds, March 19th, 5:00-9:00pm
    Where:
    Borough Hall, Brooklyn
    Contact
      |  Previous Projects  |  Flyer

  • District 38, Carlos Menchaca (Sunset Park, Red Hook, Greenwood & parts of South Slope, Borough Park, Gowanus)
    When: Sat., March 15th, 12:00-3:00pm
    Where: Recreation Center in Sunset Park, 7th Ave. at 43rd Street, Brooklyn
    Refreshments will be provided!
    district38pb [at] gmail [dot] com (Contact)  |  Updates
  • District 39, Brad Lander (Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope, Gowanus, Windsor Terrace, Kensington, parts of Borough Park)
    When: Weds, March 19th, 6:30-8:30pm
    Where: Camp Friendship, 339 8th St, Brooklyn
    lander [at] council [dot] nyc [dot] gov (Contact)  |  Previous Projects  |  Flyer
  • District 44, David Greenfield (Borough Park, Midwood, Bensonhurst)
    Expo Date TBD  |  jadler [at] council [dot] nyc [dot] gov (Contact)  |  Previous Projects 
  • District 45, Jumaane D. Williams (Flatbush, East Flatbush, Flatlands, parts of Midwood)
    When: Mon., March 24th, 6:00-8:00pm
    Where:
    Top Civic Center, 1098 Utica Ave, Brooklyn
    pbnyc45 [at] gmail [dot] com (Contact)  |  Previous Projects

Building Community with PB: A New Year's Report from Rockaway

Guest Blog Post by Emily December, a CUNY Service Corps member in District 32, Queens

January 2, 2013

Today marks the second day of the New Year. This year also marks the second phase of the participatory budgeting process. In the districts where it is occurring, groups of budget delegates, volunteers, interns and supervisors are working hard to ensure that each community is able to spend its discretionary funds. Seeing people’s faces light up during ongoing community outreach efforts underlines how much this process is needed.

Turning Ideas into Proposals in Sunset Park and Red Hook

Guest Blog Post by Edith Flores, a budget delegate committee facilitator from District 38, Brooklyn

The Parks & Environment Committee of District 38 has a diverse group of motivated community members involved and ready to improve their neighborhoods. District 38 includes both Red Hook and Sunset Park, with members from both these areas on the Parks & Environment Committee, there is no doubt that there will be some valuable projects on the ballot for both these communities. The Committee has established their priority projects and is moving at full speed ahead. At this point the Budget Delegates are focused on keeping their neighborhoods clean, creating an enjoyable environment for families, community safety, and beautifying District 38. A few projects that the Parks and Environment team is planning to pursue are projects such as bio swales, street lighting, a community garden, doggy bins with waste bag dispensers, a park fitness area, and improvements for parks & playgrounds.

In the Press: The incoming city administration should expand participatory budgeting

NY Daily News, Sun, 2013-12-08 -

"The mayor and the council should create and streamline a citywide process that allocates more money and reaches more people and more project."

See the full article.

New report details outcomes of PBNYC Year 2

PBNYC Report CoverThe Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center and the PBNYC Research Board have released a new report on the second year (Sep 2012 - May 2013) of Participtory Budgeting in New York City. The report can be accessed here:

"A People's Budget: A Research and Evaluation Report on Year 2 of Participatory Budgeting in New York City"

Through Participatory Budgeting, community members, instead of elected officials alone decide how public funds should be spent from start to finish. The second year of Participatory Budgeting in New York City expanded upon the success of Year 1 by bringing together almost 14,000 New Yorkers from eight City Council districts, 6,000 more participants than Year 1. Data collected from over 8,200 surveys, 30 observations, and 63 in-depth interviews show that many of these participants were from diverse backgrounds, and that Participatory Budgeting engaged community members who would not otherwise participate in politics or have contact with government.

The eight participating Council Members allocated almost $10 million in capital discretionary funds to the 46 winning projects selected by community members in their districts. The research findings for each district are available here:

Click here to read the full report.

In the Press: Budgeting for the people: US cities let citizens divvy up funds

Al Jazeera America, Wed, 2013-12-04 -

NEW YORK — Michael Burnett, who lives in Brooklyn's Red Hook neighborhood, is trying to get people interested in fixing up a local park. Burnett wants to create a permanent space for his Kingz of New York youth football program, but he’s struggled to find funding and support.

See the full article.

Thousands of New Yorkers to Gather at Neighborhood Meetings, Share Their Ideas for Spending Millions in City Funds

MEDIA ADVISORY:  In September and October, Participatory Budgeting Neighborhood Assemblies will be held in nine City Council districts across the city

In diverse neighborhoods across New York City, residents will come together in over fifty public meetings to tell their City Council Members how to spend millions in City funds on projects in their neighborhoods; they will propose project ideas to address various community needs with capital monies.  Next spring, voters will choose the winning projects. The process, called Participatory Budgeting, allows New Yorkers to vote on how some of their tax dollars are spent.  

Click on the image below to download the full pdf version. 

Save the Date! PBNYC Year 2 Report Release

Join us online for the release of:

A PEOPLE'S BUDGET

A Research and Evaluation Report on Year 2 of Participatory Budgeting in New York City

Wednesday, October 9th, 12pm EST

Key findings from the research and a panel discussion about how Participatory Budgeting engages traditionally disenfranchised populations with:

Moderated by Sondra Youdelman, Executive Director, Community Voices Heard.

Advance registration required: Click here to register

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Participate in PBNYC!

This fall, New Yorkers are not just voting for a new mayor -- they're also proposing ideas for how to spend millions of dollars to improve their neighborhoods. Through Participatory Budgeting, community members - like you - decide how to spend at least $1 million in your City Council district. If you spend time in any of the districts below, make your voice heard and bring your ideas to an assembly near you!  Not sure what district is nearest you? Click here to find out.

It's real money, and you decide how it will be used.

  • District 8, Melissa Mark-Viverito
    (East Harlem/El Barrio and Mott Haven in the Bronx)

    Schedule  |  mmvbudget [at] gmail [dot] com (Contact)  |  Previous Projects  |  
    View ideas
  • District 23, Mark S. Weprin (Fresh Meadows, Oakland Gardens, Queens Village, Glen Oaks, Douglaston, Bayside, Hollis)
    Schedule  |  mweprin [at] council [dot] nyc [dot] gov (Contact)  |  Previous Projects  |  
    View ideas
  • District 31, Donovan Richards (Arverne, Far Rockaway, Bayswater, Edgemere)
    Schedule  |  district31pb [at] gmail [dot] com (Contact)  |  View ideas
  • District 32, Eric Ulrich (Rockaway Beach, Rockaway Park, Belle Harbor, Breezy Point, Broad Channel, Neponsit)
    Schedule  |  rgiuliani [at] council [dot] nyc [dot] gov (Contact)  |  Previous Projects  |  View ideas
  • District 33, Stephen Levin (Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Boerum Hill, DUMBO, Brooklyn Heights)
    Schedule  |  district33pb [at] gmail [dot] com (Contact)  |  Previous Projects 
    View ideas
  • District 38, Sara Gonzalez/Carlos Menchaca (Sunset Park, Red Hook, Greenwood & parts of South Slope, Borough Park, Gowanus)
    Schedule  |  district38pb [at] gmail [dot] com (Contact)  |  View ideas
  • District 39, Brad Lander (Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope, Gowanus, Windsor Terrace, Kensington, parts of Borough Park)
    Schedule  |  lander [at] council [dot] nyc [dot] gov (Contact)  |  Previous Projects  
    View ideas
  • District 45, Jumaane D. Williams (Flatbush, East Flatbush, Flatlands, parts of Midwood)
    Schedule  |  pbnyc45 [at] gmail [dot] com (Contact)  |  Previous Projects  
    View ideas

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