Participatory Budgeting 2014



In New York, Participatory Budgeting (or PB) is a relatively new program where district residents participate directly in the city budgeting process, deciding how to spend $1,000,000 in city funds. These funds can go towards capital projects in our parks, our schools—or wherever else the residents of our district decide.
Neighborhood Assemblies are an important early stage of the Participatory Budgeting process. Before we all come together next April to vote between several developed proposals and decide how our money should be spent, these meetings provide residents the opportunity to take an active role in shaping the conversation. These brain-storming sessions allow residents to bring up their ideas and concerns and ultimately set the foundations for the projects that will be developed and eventually voted on by our community. Two hours of your time will help make Participatory Budgeting a success.

2014 Participatory Budgeting Project Expo

The Expo is an opportunity for residents of the 33rd District — which consists of the neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Greenpoint, Boerum Hill and parts of Williamsburg and Bedford–Stuyvesant — to familiarize themselves with the capital improvement projects they will be voting on this year. In addition to getting to know the projects, the Expo promises to be an event full of fun, food and music.

Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend $1 million of their tax dollars. Last fall, community members came together to suggest ideas for how to improve their neighborhoods and over the past several months, volunteer committees have been taking those ideas and turning them into formal proposals. This year’s Participatory Budgeting vote will occur during March 30 – April 6.

What: 33rd District Participatory Budgeting Project Expo

When: March 19, 2014 (5:00 - 9:00 P.M.)

Where: Borough Hall (209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn)

For those of you who want to take an extra step and play a leadership role in making PB a success, I encourage you to sign-up as a volunteer. You can also inquire about other opportunities to get involved by contacting my office at

I look forward to working with you during this exciting process.


What is PBNYC?

Real Decisions, Real Money: Participatory budgeting is a democratic economic process in which you get to decide how to spend a portion of the city’s capital budget. This year, residents of the 33rd District have proposed projects and will vote on how to spend $1 million in capital funds. From Greenpoint to Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights to Williamsburg, community members just like you have gathered at Neighborhood Assemblies learned about PBNYC, shared ideas, and developed their proposals all while getting to know each other. Winning projects will be funded by Councilman Stephen Levin.

For PBNYC materials, please click here.


Participatory Budgeting 2013

Thank you to the delegates, volunteers, staff, interns, and everyone else who was involved in Participatory Budgeting this year. Your hard work made it a great success - District 33 broke the inaugural year record for ballots cast with 2,632. The winning projects were:

1st - District-wide tree planting

2nd - MS 8 Technology Funds

3rd - East River State Park Dog Run

4th - PS 31 Technology Request

5th - PS 34 Playground Renovations