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Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and New York City Council Members Announce Results of the 2014-2015 Participatory Budgeting Cycle

Over 51,000 New Yorkers voted to allocate $32 million dollars for locally-developed capital projects across the city

New York—Today, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the New York City Council announced the voting results and winning proposals of the 2014-2015 Participatory Budgeting cycle. During the voting period of April 11th through April 19th, over 51,000 New Yorkers voted to allocate $32 million dollars for locally-developed capital projects across 24 Council Districts in New York City.

“The level of engagement and enthusiasm in this year’s Participatory Budgeting process was unprecedented and deeply democratic,” said Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. “Across the city, thousands of residents of all ages and backgrounds came together to make their neighborhoods a better place to call home.  Participatory Budgeting breaks down barriers that New Yorkers may face at the polls—including youth, income status, English-language proficiency and citizenship status—resulting in a civic dialogue that is truly inclusive and representative of the diversity of this community and this city.  I thank everyone who took part in this year’s process and helped make Participatory Budgeting a success.”

New Yorkers cast 51,362 ballots in the 2014-2015 Participatory Budgeting cycle. Approximately one in five ballots were cast in a language other than English.

According to preliminary findings from the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center, of Participatory Budgeting voters surveyed:

  • Nearly 60% identified as people of color
  • Approximately one in ten were under 18
  • Nearly 30% reported an annual household income of $25,000 or below
  • More than a quarter were born outside of the U.S.
  • Nearly a quarter reported a barrier to voting in regular elections, with one in ten reporting they were not U.S. citizens
  • 63% identified as female
  • Nearly 20% had a high school diploma or less (of those 25 years old or older)

Vote April 11-19

Participatory budgeting (PB) is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. In other words, the people who pay taxes decide how tax dollars get spent. Participatory budgeting helps make budget decisions clear and accessible. It gives real power to people who have never before been involved in the political process. And it results in better budget decisions - because who better knows the needs of our community than the people who live there?

This year, twenty-four Council Members are letting residents allocate part of their capital discretionary funds, giving the community real decision-making power over more than $25 million in taxpayer money.


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