Participatory Budgeting Results are in for Council Districts 2, 3 and 4

Monday, August 19, 2019

Participatory Budgeting Results are in for Council Districts 2, 3 and 4

2019 was the first year for Council Members Carlina Rivera, Council District 2, and Keith Powers, Council District 4, to lead Participatory Budgeting for their districts. Participatory budgeting allows members of the community to get involved in decision making about how to spend a part of a public budget. It allows the community to discuss local needs and develop proposals to meet these needs.

For Participatory Budgeting 2019, New York City Council members formed committees of volunteers in their districts to work with Council staff to propose projects to improve their districts. Each Council Member had approximately $1 million for this purpose. In addition to the volunteers, the public was also invited to submit projects. City agencies then estimated the cost of each eligible proposal. The committees of volunteers made the final decisions about which proposals would be put up for a general vote by the residents of the district. Voting was held online and by paper ballot. The proposals with the most votes got funded. Below are the winning proposals for Council Districts 2, 3 and 4.

Council District 2, Councilwoman Carlina Rivera

Countdown Clocks for M9, M14A and M14D bus lines: $200,000
Science Mobile Carts at P.S. 34: $140,000
Street Resurfacing Streets: $250,000/mile
Gym Renovation at P.S. 188: $150,000
Lift Installation at P.S. 40: $350,000

Council District 3, Speaker Corey Johnson

Improve lighting in the park areas at both the NYCHA Elliott-Chelsea Houses and Fulton Houses: $600,000
Installation of 35 new water bottle refilling fountains in public schools throughout District 3.Location: $300,000
Providing a tree guard, watering tree-gator and informative care tag for street trees planted district wide since 2017: $200,000

Council District 4, Council Member Keith Powers

New Districtwide Tree Planting and Tree Guards: $150,000
New Bathrooms at Wagner Middle School (M.S. 167): $200,000
Districtwide Countdown Clocks at Bus Stops: $200,000
Districtwide Technology Upgrades for Libraries: $250,000
Technology Upgrades for Schools Across Council District 4: $120,000

Photo caption: New York City Council Members Carlina Rivera (top) and Keith Powers introduced Participatory Budgeting at last year’s MHNA annual general meeting. Photos by Nancy Idaka Sheran.


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