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District 39 - Assemblies Are Back

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 

Join Us at the 39th District's Neighborhood Assemblies!

What does your neighborhood need? An improved park? Safer streets? New school technology? In participatory budgeting, you give your ideas and City Councilmember Brad Lander has set aside $1 million to fund them. And your votes will decide which projects get funded.

Last year, over 3,000 district residents participated and seven great projects received funding.

District 32 Results Are In!

 1,639 Total Voters


And the winners are...

This weekend, almost 6,000 NYC residents came out and took part in what the New York Times called “revolutionary civics in action” – NYC’s first experiment with a new form of hyper-local democracy, participatory budgeting.

The winning projects are here:

District 8 - Melissa Mark-Viverito (Manhattan/Bronx)

District 32 - Eric Ulrich (Queens)

District 39 - Brad Lander (Brooklyn)

District 45 - Jumaane Williams (Brooklyn) 

Vote in Participatory Budgeting Today!

Voting Dates & Location

Voting will take place between March 25 & April 1 in each district. 

Sample Ballots

You can vote for up to, but no more than, five items on the ballot.

district 8 district 39 district 32 district 45 Image Map

Not sure if you are in one of the districts? Look up your home address on the NYC Council's website!



What's Your Idea?

The Project for Public Spaces has created a new, interactive tool to help community members give input online about what kinds of projects Participatory Budgeting should fund.

See what other people have suggested in your district and submit potential capital projects of your own!

District 39 ideas must be submitted by Sunday, November 13!

A Great Antidote to Lack of Faith in Government

By Council Member Brad Lander

Last week, a New York Times, CBS News poll revealed that faith in government is at an all-time low, with a whopping 89 percent of Americans reporting that they don't trust government to do the right thing. There are many reasons for this: stagnation in Washington, even as the economic picture continues to stall, rising unemployment, and growing income inequality.

But closer to home, we've just finished a month that helped restore my faith in democracy.

Learn How to Submit Your Video Idea: Monday, November 7th

Check out two videos about Participatory Budgeting in District 39 produced by high school students as part of the Educational Video Center's (EVC) Doc Workshop. One video asks the question, "What is Participatory Budgeting?" and the other asks "How would you spend $1 million to improve your neighborhood"?

Its not too late to submit your own short video - How would you spend $1 million to improve your neighborhood? The deadline is November 21. 

Make your video at a free hands-on video workshop November 7 at the BRIC Community Media Center in Gowanus (rsvp required: rsvp [at] artsanddemocracy [dot] org)

Get Involved: Seven Neighborhood Assemblies The Last Week of October

Your chance to plug into your district's neighborhood assembly is this week!  All four districts are having a total of seven neighborhood assemblies between Monday 10/24 and Saturday 10/29.

Details are on the Participatory Budgeting Events Calendar!

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