Updates from District 39 in Brooklyn

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

2014 Vote Results - District 39


Number of Voters: Over 2,200
Amount Allocated: $1,500,000
Winning Projects: 

  • Street safety improvements on 4th Ave - $300,000 (1,202 votes)
  • Laptops at PS 130, 230, and 321 for student and adult learners - $195,000 (1,150 votes)
  • Pedestrian safety on McDonald Ave at Ft Hamilton - $300,000 (984 votes)
  • Repair and improve three pathways in Prospect Park - $215,000 (968 votes)
  • Green roof at Windsor Terrace Library - $250,000 (931 votes)
  • Industrial shredder for Community Compost Project  - $105,000 (836 votes)
  • Outdoor plaza at John Jay Educational Campus - $150,000 (714 votes)

Projects that have won funding in previous years:  list view  //  map view

Talking Transition and Participatory Budgeting

 Talking Transition

Blog Post by Emily December, PBNYC and CUNY Service Corps Intern

As soon as I stepped out of the train station and crossed the street to head to Talking Transition NYC, the large white tent was very apparent and huge! The people in orange jackets stood out as well, and to make sure I was at the right location, I walked up to one person who guided me into the tent. Tablets were attached to wood tables, with multi colored fluorescent lights swirled above and boards with stickers in different colors and fonts were all over.

He pointed to the main room and then I was whisked into a great presentation on what we call the “process”. One of my other supervisors, Sondra Youdelman from Community Voices Heard, was on stage explaining to the audience about the conception and the information behind Participatory Budgeting. In a quick, interactive and fun hour long presentation, we all by then learned (or for some, refreshed our memories) how participatory budgeting works and then we started participating!

Participatory Budgeting Allows Pedestrian Safety to Take a Front Seat in Kensington

Update on a PB victory by Rachael Fauss, District Committee Member in Council District 39

Community advocates know that change is often a slow process, and victories are sometimes elusive or only result in half a loaf.  But with participatory budgeting (PB), we have the opportunity to seek change in a way that involves the entire community through a public vote, amplifying and legitimizing our voice.

Residents in Council District 39 recently saw an important victory through participatory budgeting. At last year’s PB vote, we as a community voted to put $200,000 of our public dollars toward pedestrian safety upgrades at a dangerous intersection – Church Avenue and Ocean Parkway. 

Though the voters approved the project, we continued to need to fight together for the project to be approved by the New York State Department of Transportation (NYS DOT). We were saddened as a community to see one of our neighbors, Ngozi Agbim, tragically lose her life in June at this very intersection.  Her family’s inspiring advocacy helped to ensure the safety of pedestrians going forward. After petitions, community meetings and much hard work, last month the NYS DOT finally approved the community’s proposal for safety improvements.

Intern for PBNYC!

Interested in getting involved with Participatory Budgeting in New York City (PBNYC)? Check out this opportunity to intern with the participating Council Member offices this fall!

PBNYC Interns will work closely with Council Member staff and community members, contributing to outreach and publicity efforts, planning and facilitating meetings, and providing support for community members participating . The internships are ideal for graduate students eager to gain experience in civic engagement, community development, and local government. 

See the full posting here for more information about the internships and how to apply. (Deadline: July 5, 2013)

What starts in PB doesn't always end in PB

Participatory Budgeting update from Neil Reilly, District 39 District Committee Member and former Transit Committee Delegate

Through patience and persistence, bringing real change to our neighborhoods is possible through Participatory Budgeting—even when a project doesn’t fit the budget or scope of PB!

As a budget delegate serving on the Transit Committee last year—the first year of PB in New York—I spearheaded a project to improve the subway stations in the district. I compiled the suggestions submitted by district residents for improvements at all of the F/G stations from Church Avenue through Bergen St, as well as the R station at 4th Avenue/9th Street. The suggestions ranged from improving lighting to repairing track tiles to repainting the ceilings.

District 39 Voting Dates & Locations 2013

Tuesday, April 2nd – Thursday, April 4th: Early Voting

  • Councilmember Lander’s office, 456 5th Ave, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn
    7:30 AM – 8 PM daily

Saturday, April 6th – Sunday, April 7th: Voting in your neighborhood

  • Saturday, April 6th - 10 AM – 7 PM
      • Carroll Gardens Library, 396 Clinton Street (at Union Street)
      • Old Stone House, 336 3rd Street (in Washington Park)
      • Kings Bay Y at Windsor Terrace, 1224 Prospect Avenue (at Vanderbilt Street)
  • Sunday, April 7th - 10 AM – 5 PM
      • Beth Jacob Day Care, 1371 46th Street (at 14th Avenue)
      • PS 230 Lower School, 425 McDonald Ave (between Church Ave & Albemarle Rd)
      • Park Slope Armory YMCA, 361 15th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenue)
      • Carroll Park House, Carroll Street and Smith Street (in Carroll Park)


Boundaries of the 39th District in Brooklyn

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District 39 Map

Sample Ballot

  • You may vote for up to five (5) projects.
  • You can not vote for the same project more than once.
  • Ballots marked with more than five votes are invalid and will not be counted.

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District 39 ballot 2013

Ballot Design: the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), the design firm of MTWTF, and the PBNYC Citywide Steering Committee.

The Participation Doesn't End at the Vote

Participatory Budgeting Update from Alix Fellman of the District 39 Parks & Recreation Committee

This time last year the people of our district came together for our first Participatory Budgeting vote, and selected seven projects to improve our community. One of the winning projects (the one I worked on) proposed to plant 100 trees on the most barren streets of our neighborhoods.

Over the past year the volunteer budget delegates from our district have been working with Parks Department staff and Councilmember Lander to get the trees off the drawing board and onto our streets. In the past month things have moved forward quickly, showing that the participation doesn't stop at the ballot box. We have been able to stay involved with implementing the project, making sure that the community’s vision is represented in the final product.

Winning Projects from 2011-2012 - District 39

    • Renovation of two dysfunctional bathrooms at PS 124, $150,000
    • Planting 100 new trees on blocks throughout the district with few or no trees, $100,000
    • Repairing Prospect Park pedestrian paths to prevent flooding, and adding trash cans in the park, $205,000
    • New technology for PS 154, $140,000
    • Repairs and safety improvements at the dangerous Prospect Expressway/Church Avenue pedestrian crossing, $200,000
    • Innovative community composting system near Gowanus Canal to turn 1 ton/day of food waste into soil, $165,000
    • New books and equipment for the Kensington public library to enhance the branch’s use for meetings, storytelling, rehearsals, and small performances promoting Kensington’s cultural diversity, $80,000

Additional projects that did not win vote, but will still be funded:

    • 50th Street repaving, $150,000
    • Bus countdown clocks, $50,000
    • Ft. Hamilton Street Subway, $325,000
    • International Mother Tongue Monument, $150,000
    • Wi-Fi at Carroll Gardens Library, $250,000

For project status updates, please visit this page.


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