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Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and New York City Council Launch 2015-2016 Participatory Budgeting Cycle

Today, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and New York City Council Members launched New York City’s 2015-2016 Participatory Budgeting cycle — the largest and fastest-growing Participatory Budgeting process in the United States.  This year, New Yorkers in 27 Council Districts will collaboratively decide how to distribute over $30 million to local capital projects through a year-long process of neighborhood assemblies, delegate meetings, project expositions, and community voting.

“The New York City Council is proud to lead the largest participatory budgeting process in North America, a truly grassroots and democratic tool that engages New Yorkers and invests in our communities. Participatory Budgeting enfranchises diverse New Yorkers — from immigrants with limited English proficiency, to young people, to lower-income workers —resulting in a civic dialogue that is truly inclusive. Last year, over 51,000 New Yorkers voted for locally-developed capital projects across the city, and we look forward to building on that resounding success in the upcoming 2015-2016 cycle. New York City’s Participatory Budgeting process is a model for empowered, community-based decision making across the country and around the world, and the City Council is proud to do its part to strengthen and innovate democracy,” said New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

Participatory Budgeting is a grassroots process through which community residents vote to directly allocate at least $1 million in capital funding per district toward proposals developed by the community to meet local needs.  Through a series of public meetings, residents work with elected officials throughout the year to identify neighborhood concerns and craft proposals to address them. Residents then decide which proposals to fund through a public vote.

Participatory Budgeting in New York City has expanded from four initial City Council districts in 2011 to 27 Council Districts for the 2015-2016 cycle. In 2014-2015, 51,000 New Yorkers voted to allocate $32 million dollars for locally-developed capital projects across 24 Council Districts in New York City.

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University announced the New York City Council the winner of the Roy and Lila Ash Innovations Award for Public Engagement in Government, for its efforts to “engage residents from communities most often left out of traditional methods of public engagement.”

 2015-2016 Participating Districts:


Andrew Cohen

(District 11, Bronx)

Costa Constantinides

(District 22, Queens)

Robert Cornegy

(District 36, Brooklyn)

Laurie Cumbo

(District 35, Brooklyn)

Elizabeth Crowley

(District 30, Queens)

Mathieu Eugene

(District 40, Brooklyn)

Julissa Ferreras

(District 21, Queens)

David Greenfield 

(District 44, Brooklyn)

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)

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)

Jumaane Williams

(District 45, Brooklyn)

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