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.
Listed here are the dates, times and locations for the Neighborhood Assemblies:
- October 22th; Tuesday (6-8PM) St Francis College - Callahan Center; 180 Remsen Street
- October 24; Thursday (6-8PM) McCarren Park Play Center
- October 26th Saturday (4-6PM) Wyckoff Community Center; 280 Wyckoff Street
And this year there will be more ways to give your ideas than ever.
In addition to the big “Neighborhood Assemblies,” we will also have more targeted meetings for seniors, teens, and in other languages.
If you want to have a conversation about project ideas with your community group, church, or block association, please invite us! Just send an email to email@example.com.
- October 21st; Monday (3-5PM) Independence Senior Center; 114 Taylor St.
- October 26, Saturday (3-5PM) 5th Avenue Committee; 621 DeGraw St.; SPANISH LANGUAGE
- October 28th Monday (2:30-4:30PM) Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow; 25 Thornton Street
Unable to attend any of the Neighborhood Assemblies?
Now you can submit ideas online from the comfort of your home. Follow this link to an interactive idea submission map!
You can submit your project ideas for consideration by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, calling us at 718-875-5200, orby mailing your proposal to Council member Stephen Levin’s District Office at: 410 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217.
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 email@example.com.
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