Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the New York City Council announced the expansion of participatory budgeting to 23 districts that will designate over $25 million toward locally-developed projects, proposals, and initiatives in the next budgetary cycle.
The expansion more than doubles the number of participating districts and represents a nearly 80% increase in funding allocated for participatory budgeting from the previous fiscal year.
"Participatory budgeting is a gateway to greater civic participation and leadership in our communities, encouraging collaboration between residents and local elected officials to find creative solutions to neighborhood needs,” said Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. “As we work toward a more inclusive, transparent city government, I am excited for 22 Council districts to take part in the participatory budgeting—more than doubling our participation from the previous cycle. This expanded process will give thousands of New Yorkers a hands-on role in making taxpayer dollars work for our communities.”
Participatory budgeting is a grassroots process through which district residents vote directly to allocate at least $1 million in capital funding toward proposals developed by the community to meet local needs. Through a series public meetings, residents work with elected officials for a year to identify neighborhood concerns and craft proposals to address them. Residents then decide which proposals to fund through a public vote.
Good government groups hail participatory budgeting as a powerful tool to increase civic participation and community engagement. The only identification requirement is proof of residency in the district; voting in participatory budgeting is open to all residents 16 years of age and older, removing traditional obstacles to full civic participation such as youth, income status, English-language proficiency and citizenship status.
Learn more about Participatory Budgeting and how you can get involved at http://council.nyc.gov/html/action/pb.shtml.
For the 2014-2015 cycle, the following Council Members are conducting a participatory budgeting process in their districts:
- Andrew Cohen (District 11, Bronx)
- David Greenfield (District 44, Brooklyn)
- Julissa Ferreras (District 21, Queens)
- Corey Johnson (District 3, Manhattan)
- Ben Kallos (District 5, Manhattan)
- Karen Koslowitz (District 29, Queens)
- Brad Lander (District 39, Brooklyn)
- Steve Levin (District 33, Brooklyn)
- Mark Levine (District 7, Manhattan)
- Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (District 8, Manhattan/Bronx)
- Carlos Menchaca (District 38, Brooklyn)
- Daneek Miller (District 27, Queens)
- Antonio Reynoso (District 34, Brooklyn/Queens)
- Donovan Richards (District 31, Queens)
- Ydanis Rodriguez (District 10, Manhattan)
- Helen Rosenthal (District 6, Manhattan)
- Ritchie Torres (District 15, Bronx)
- Mark Treyger (District 47, Brooklyn)
- Eric Ulrich (District 32, Queens)
- Paul Vallone (District 19, Queens)
- Jimmy Van Bramer (District 26, Queens)
- Mark Weprin (District 23, Queens)
- Jumaane Williams (District 45, Brooklyn)