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Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and New York City Council Announce Expansion of Participatory Budgeting for 2014-2015 Cycle

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the New York City Council announced the expansion of participatory budgeting to 24 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/PB.

For the 2014-2015 cycle, the following Council Members are conducting a participatory budgeting process in their districts:

Participatory Budgeting Results 2014

Voters in East Harlem choosing which projects to fund with over $1,000,000.

Through Participatory Budgeting in New York City (PBNYC), New Yorkers are directly deciding how to spend millions of dollars of public funds every year. In the third annual cycle of PBNYC, residents across 10 NYC Council Districts came together to discuss ideas for improving their communities, and nearly 17,000 people voted on how to spend over $14 million. Here are the results:

  • District 5, Ben Kallos (Midtown East, Upper East Side, El Barrio, Roosevelt Island)
    RESULTS  |  Ballot
  • District 8, Melissa Mark-Viverito
    (East Harlem/El Barrio, Mott Haven, Highbridge, Concourse, Longwood)

    RESULTS  |  Interactive Map  |  Ballot  |  Videos
  • District 23, Mark S. Weprin (Fresh Meadows, Oakland Gardens, Queens Village, Glen Oaks, Douglaston, Bayside, Hollis)
    RESULTS  |  Interactive Map  |  Ballot
  • District 31, Donovan Richards (Arverne, Far Rockaway, Bayswater, Edgemere)
    RESULTS  |  Interactive Map  |  Ballot  |  Videos
  • District 32, Eric Ulrich (Rockaway Beach, Rockaway Park, Belle Harbor, Breezy Point, Broad Channel, Neponsit, Richmond Hill, Ozone Park, Woodhaven)
    RESULTS  |  Mainland Ballot  |  Rockaway Ballot

District 39 Neighborhood Assemblies

Come share your ideas for spending $1 Million to improve our community!

  • Monday, October 7th, 6:30pm
    P.S. 230 Upper School, 1 Albemarle Rd., Brooklyn (at McDonald Ave.)
    RSVP here
  • Thursday, October 10th, 6:30pm
    Old First Reformed Church, 729 Carroll St., Brooklyn (at 7th Ave.)
    RSVP here
  • Tuesday, October 15th, 6:30pm
    Carroll Gardens Branch Library, 396 Clinton St.,  Brooklyn (at Union St.)
    RSVP here
  • Wednesday, October 16th, 7:00pm -  Boro Park Assembly
    Georgia Ballroom, 4424 16th Ave, Brooklyn 45th St entrance
  • Friday, October 18th, 1:00-2:30pm - Senior Assembly
    Bishop Boardman Apartments, 1615 8th Ave.,  Brooklyn
  • Monday, October 21st, 6:30pm - Transportation Assembly
    Park Slope Library, 431 6th Ave. at 9th St, Brooklyn
    This assembly, co-hosted by NYC and District 39 transportation groups, will focus on livable streets and public transit issues.
  • Tuesday, October 22nd, 4:30-6:00pm - Youth Assembly
    Park Slope Armory YMCA, 361 15th St., Brooklyn
  • Wednesday, October 23rd, 7:00pm - Bangla Language Assembly
    Chittagong Association of North America, 545 McDonald Avenue, Brooklyn
  • Saturday, October 26th, 3-5 pm - Spanish Language Assembly
    Fifth Avenue Committee, 621 Degraw Street, Brooklyn 
Can you help us get the word out? Click here or below to download and print a flyer that you can share with your neighbors!

District 39 Assemblies

District 23 Neighborhood Assemblies


  • Thursday, September 19th, 7pm
    Hillside Manor: 188-11 Hillside Avenue, Holliswood, NY 11423
  • Monday, September 23rd, 6pm
    Fresh Meadows Library: 193-20 Horace Harding Expy., Fresh Meadows, NY 11365
  • Monday, September 30th, 11am
    SNAP Senior Center: 80-45 Winchester Blvd., Queens Village, NY 11427


  • Thursday, October 3rd, 7pm
    Cross Island Y: 238-10 Hillside Avenue, Bellerose, NY 11426
  • Tuesday, October 8th, 8pm
    Public School 18Q: 28-35 235 Court, Queens Village, NY 11427
  • Tuesday, October 15th, 7pm
    Bayside Senior Center: 221-15 Horace Harding Expy., Bayside, NY 11364
  • Thursday, October 17th, 6pm
    Queensborough College Lecture Hall, 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, NY 11364
  • Monday, October 21st, 7pm
    Towers on the Green, 272-48 Grand Central Pkwy. Floral Park, NY 11005
  • Thursday, October 24th, 7pm
    Samuel Field Y Tel Aviv Room (1st floor), 58-20 Little Neck Pkwy. Little Neck, NY 11362

For more information or to RSVP contact Yuridia Peña at yuridia [dot] pena [at] council [dot] nyc [dot] gov or 212.788.6984

Can you help us get the word out? Click here or below to download and print a flyer that you can share with your neighbors!

Assembly Flyer

2014 Vote Results - District 44


Total Ballots Cast: 1,222
Amount Allocated: $1,120,000
Sample Ballot 
Winning Projects:

2014 Vote Results - District 5


Number of Voters: 567
Amount Allocated: $800,000 to winning projects and $1,025,000 to additional projects on the ballot
Sample Ballot
Winning Projects: 

  • District-wide Priorities: Senior Centers ($250,000)
    CM Kallos has also added $725,000 to this Senior Center project, for a total of $975,000. This includes a new security system for senior public housing home Robbins Plaza, a new accessible door for Robbins Plaza and a large grant to Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, which serves seniors in need throughout the district. 
  • Bus Time: West Bound Crosstown Bus Stops ($300,000)
    Fifteen electronic signs will be installed along the M96, M86, M79 and M66 crosstown routes to tell riders when the next bus will arrive in real-time.
  • District-wide Priorities: Public Schools ($250,000)

Additional Funded Projects ($1.025M total):

  • Bus Time: M31 Downtown & Crosstown Timers ($340,000): Downtown buses will also receive bus clocks.
  • Cleaner Parks: Maintenance Machine ($65,000): Our district will receive a “tool cat” multi-purpose vehicle to help keep parks clean through tough weather conditions.
  • A Safer Library: Replace 67th Street Library Branch Security System ($40,000): The old CCTV security system will be updated with a full turn-key security system.
  • A Greener Stanley Isaacs & Holmes Towers: New Gardens ($150,000): Old planting throughout the residence will be replaced with fresh, vibrant gardens.
  • Lexington Houses: New Fridges & Stoves ($430,000): Out of date fridges and stoves for Lexington Houses residents will be replaced (4 buildings with 448 apartments).

Council Member Kallos has also allocated an additional $825,000 dollars towards Public Schools improvements, for a total of $1,075,000 dollars to fund science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in schools. The funding includes:

  • MS 114, East Side Middle School ($105,540): Purchase 128 laptops and 8 laptop carts.
  • PS 151, Yorkville Community School ($52,400): Classroom Laptops and Carts- 30 Laptops and a cart per class
  • PS 158, Bayard Taylor School ($117,627): Replace 144 ibooks in 4 carts of 36 each that are now past useful life and cannot run current software. Purchase 144 Lenovo X131E laptops (longer useful life of 6-10 years), divided into 9 carts of 16 laptops each. 
  • PS 217, The Roosevelt Island School ($225,000): Technology update to further support the STEM programs that will be incorporated into the curriculum. Need of updated Active Boards, computers, laptops, smart devices including tablets, iPads, chrome books, and document cameras.
  • PS 290, The Manhattan New School ($40,000): One laptop cart
  • PS 183, Robert Louis Stevenson School ($104,305): 4 Mobile Laptop Computer Storage Carts and Mac Server
  • PS 183, Robert Louis Stevenson School ($115,349): 4 mobile carts for K-2 classrooms, 1 Macbook Pro per classroom (13 total), 1 server.
  • MS 167, Robert Wagner School ($150,000): Science lab upgrade for 8th grade classroom
  • Manhattan International High School ($164,632): 30 laptop computers and cart for each of 4 teams of teachers (120 laptops and 4 carts).

2014 Vote Results - District 31


Sample Ballot
Amount Allocated: 1,257,000
Winning Projects:

2014 Vote Results - District 38


Amount Allocated: $2,170,000
Winning Projects:

  • NYPD Surveillance Cameras in Sunset Park - $600,000 (1,890 votes)
  • Street Improvements and Resurfacing of Roads in CB7 - $350,000 (1,070 votes)
  • A Community Room at Sunset Park Library - $60,000 (951 votes)
  • Access to the Future: Technology for Local Schools (PS 15, PS 24, PS 503, and MS 821) - $675,000 (812 votes)
  • Air Conditioning Wiring for PS 10 and PS 15 - $400,000 (526 votes)
  • Red Hook Library Community Garden - $85,000 (486 votes)
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