One year ago, we started an experiment: to give New Yorkers the power to decide how to spend $1 million of their tax dollars on projects in the neighborhood.
That experiment, Participatory Budgeting, was a huge success. Over 3,000 people participated, we received nearly a thousand ideas for projects in the community, and our small voting sites were overwhelmed with eager residents wanting to be part of what the New York Times called “revolutionary civics in action.” The seven projects with the most votes – projects for local schools, libraries, parks, and streets – received City funding and are moving forward.
Now we are starting again, with another $1 million and your great ideas. Like last year, the whole process depends on you. The best ideas and energy came from the “neighborhood assemblies,” big community meetings where residents share their ideas for projects to build in our neighborhood. So please come out to a neighborhood assembly in the next few weeks to give your ideas, and help us build on this new form of democracy.
Join us for a neighborhood assembly