Updates from District 39 in Brooklyn

PB Committee Tackles Flooding at Subway Station

Participatory Budgeting update from Tracy Turner of the Transit Committee:

We were delighted to hear the announcement from Catherine Zinnel of Councilmember Brad Lander’s office that they were able to get various city agencies (Department of Parks, Sanitation, and Environmental Protection) to commit to cleaning up the area outside the Ft. Hamilton F/G subway entrance. We applaud the great strides that Councilmember Lander’s office has made with this recent announcement. This is indeed a triumph!

Budget delegates for the Parks and Recreation committee get real

Participatory Budgeting update from JC Martinez-Sifre of the Parks and Recreation Committee:

The reality is beginning to set in for budget delegates engaged in Councilmember Brad Lander's initiative to make participatory budgeting a functional reality in his district.

“I think we’re all beginning to understand how big a process this is going to be,” said Budget Delegate, Michael Hickey of Kensington. The delegates, if they weren't already aware, are coming to understand that this is not going to be a brief exercise in spending a million dollars of public funds.

Participatory Budgeting Transit Committee Seeks Best Projects for Scarce Funds

Participatory Budgeting update from Sara Nordmann of the Transit Committee:

The Transit Committee of District 39‘s Participatory Budgeting Initiative met on Nov. 16th at PS 230 for our first real gathering as a group.

That evening, Bill Henderson, the Executive Director of the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee (PCAC) to the MTA, discussed with us the feasibility issues concerning the project proposals submitted during the community-meeting process. He emphasized that even small projects cost much, much more than us regular folks would expect, particularly when they involve interrupting regular transit service.

Committee Using Participatory Budgeting to Address Public Safety

Participatory Budgeting update from Rachel Fine of the Public Safety, Public Health, and Sanitation Committee:

The first meeting of the Public Safety, Public Health, and Sanitation Committee was a huge success. Our group is the smallest of all of the committees, but boy are we mighty!

Our group consists of individuals of all different ages, backgrounds, and parts of District 39. But despite (or perhaps because of?) our many differences, we worked incredibly well together and made some huge strides forward at our first meeting.

Participatory Budgeting delegate committees get to work

Participatory Budgeting update from Maggie Tobin of the 39th District Streets & Sidewalks Committee:

Monday evening, November 6th, the budget delegates from the 39th District all met at P.S. 230 in Kensington to kick off the long and arduous (but truly fun and fascinating!) process of deciding how we would like to spend a million dollars from Councilmember Brad Lander’s discretionary funds in our collective community. It was a very interesting evening, especially because I met so many new people from all over the district, each with wonderful ideas on how we can improve our neighborhoods.

A Great Antidote to Lack of Faith in Government

By Council Member Brad Lander

Last week, a New York Times, CBS News poll revealed that faith in government is at an all-time low, with a whopping 89 percent of Americans reporting that they don't trust government to do the right thing. There are many reasons for this: stagnation in Washington, even as the economic picture continues to stall, rising unemployment, and growing income inequality.

But closer to home, we've just finished a month that helped restore my faith in democracy.

Get Involved: Seven Neighborhood Assemblies The Last Week of October

Your chance to plug into your district's neighborhood assembly is this week!  All four districts are having a total of seven neighborhood assemblies between Monday 10/24 and Saturday 10/29.

Details are on the Participatory Budgeting Events Calendar!

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