“I was high off the people…” Esther DeVore, a member of Community Voices Heard and resident of East Harlem, said these words as she reflected on all the work she did from mid February to April 19, the last day of voting.
Participatory Budgeting New York City (PBNYC) gives real decision making power to community residents. From it’s inception in 2011 with just four City Council Districts, PBNYC has grown to 27 City Council Districts participating at the start of cycle five. Through this process community residents get to decide how $1 million dollars or more is spent to improve their community. That’s over $50 million dollars TOTAL that’s been decided on since PBNYC began. Improvements to schools, parks, libraries, and public housing are just a few of the things people get to decide on using a ballot.
Voting for projects represents the kind of common sense solution that is hard to disagree with: people having a direct say over how money in their communities should be spent. CVH, one of the organizations that brought PB to New York City, helped push for the institutionalization of the process, and has been able to witness this as it becomes integrated into the way government makes decisions.
oFor more information or to get involved, contact Aaron Jones (aaron@CVHaction.org).
THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS
City Hall -- New York, NY 10007
**For Immediate Release**
April 9, 2015
Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and New York City Council Members Kick off Voting for 2014-2015 Participatory Budgeting Cycle
From April 11th to April 19th, New Yorkers across 24 Council Districts will vote directly on nearly $30 million dollars in locally-developed capital projects
El Barrio, NY - At her first State of the City Address at Johnson Houses in East Harlem, NYC Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito put her long-standing commitment to public housing into motion. Not only was it significant that this was the first time a Speaker has given such an address in public housing, but Speaker Mark-Viverito also demonstrated her commitment to the preservation and improvement of the critical public housing stock in NYC.