Cycle 9 PB is getting underway and we need your help. We want to reach as many people in the district as we can to hear their ideas for capital projects that we can consider for PB so if you have a group or a news letter let me know and we can contact them. Email Benjamin Solotaire, Director of PB for District 33, at or call 718 875 5200.  

2019 PB Results: After months of effort by community volunteers, and nine days of voting by more than 3,600 District 33 residents, we are proud to announce our 2019 Participatory Budgeting funded projects, including our first year of expense projects! So without further ado, congratulations to all!

Expense Projects
Gowanus Canal Conservancy
NYCHA Gardening Project w/ GCC                          
GCC, residents and the afterschool program will partner to enhance and expand garden plots using new tools & materials. Wyckoff Gardens, Gowanus Houses, Warren St. 
Make Steam / Automotive High School, 50 Bedford Avenue
Teaching Creativity with Digital Tools      
Training for teachers to use 21st Century tools, design thinking, & project-based learning in our Public Schools 
Williamsburgh Library, 240 Division Avenue
More Books for Williamsburgh Library                   
Help buy up to 200 more books for the collection at this great resource for all Williamsburg residents.

Capital Projects 
P.S. 31, 75 Meserole Avenue
New Smart Boards for P.S. 31                    
Provide state of the art smart boards to upgrade the educational opportunities for these elementary school students.               
Automotive High School, 50 Bedford Avenue
Make STEAM                    
Increase creativity & opportunity for public school students by infusing the curriculum with cutting-edge skills & tools            
I.S. 318, 101 Walton Street
Renovated Library for Better Learning                   
Make a better library for students to enjoy reading and studying. New Shelves and desks.
PS 38 The Pacific School, 450 Pacific Street
Renovate Bathrooms for Elementary School                       
Renovate four bathrooms, 2 girls and 2 boys, to provide clean and sanitary facilities.            
Safer Pedestrian Crossings
Status: This project is in design right now. Construction is expected to begin in FY 21                  
Safety First around P.S. 380                        
Provide shorter and safer crossings at 4 intersections: Wallabout Street, Lynch Street, Lorimer Street and Union Street.     $300,000 

And thanks to Borough President Adams for his $100,000 contribution. Every year PB shows community involvement at its best as you decide how to spend your tax dollars to make your neighborhood better. I want to say a huge thanks to the many volunteers who made this happen, everyone who suggested ideas, and my staff for coordinating the months-long process. PB is now a part of how our city decides to allocate its resources by directly responding to the communities input. 

Cycle 9 begins in a couple of months but if you have an idea now and want to share it click here, we will be in touch to discuss it.

Thank you for all that you do,

Council Member Stephen Levin

Year 1 - PB 2013 Funded Projects

1. District-Wide Tree Planting 
Cost: $100,000
2. MS 8 Technology Funds
Cost: $200,000
3. East River State Park Dog Run
Cost: $450,000
4. PS 31 Technology Funds
Cost: $188,000
5. PS 34 Playground Restoration and Beautification
Cost: $120,000

Year 2 - PB 2014 Funded Projects

1. NYCHA Playground Repairs 
In process
Cost:  $400,000
2. Gowanus Community Center Renovations and Repairs
Status: In Process
Cost:  $475,000
3. McGolrick Park Playground Reconstruction
Cost:  $450,000
4. BK Story Voyager (previously BOOKlyn SHUTTLE) - Book Bus and Education Center 
Cost:  $198,000
5. P.S. 261 Bathroom Renovations
Cost: $175,000

Year 3 - PB 2015 Funded Projects

1.    NYCHA Active Space Renovation
Status: Scoping underway
Cost:  $500,000
Location: Wyckoff Gardens, Berry St, Taylor Wythe Houses
2.    Green Space Landscaping & Beautification at Independence Towers  
Cost:  $300,000
3. Safer Pedestrian Crossings on Meeker Avenue
Status: In Design
Cost:  $300,000
4. PS 38 & MS 447: Bathrooms that Work
Cost:  $280,000
5. PS 110: Install Modern Technology
Cost: $175,000

Year 4 - PB 2016 Funded Projects

1.     STEM Labs at IS 318 and PS34
Cost: $500,000
2.    Upgrades with PS261 Computer Carts
Cost: $140,000
3.    Make our School Cool! MS 126
Status: In process
Cost: $400,000
4.    Community Sound Studio
Status: Reassigned to security features for the Community Center, In process
Cost: $100,000
5.    Make McGolrick Park Safer
Status: Planned Construction for 2018/2019
Cost: $500,000

Year 5 - PB 2017 Funded Projects

1.     Technology Upgrade for Two Special Needs Schools, PS231 and PS 369
Cost: $250,000
Location: Downtown and Bushwick
2.     STEAM Lab for Samuel Dupont Elementary School, PS 31
Cost: $218,000
Location: Greenpoint
3.     New Electrical in Classrooms for AC, PS 110 Monitor School
Status: 2017 funded project
Cost: $175,000
Location: Greenpoint
4.     New Lockers for 13 Classrooms, Robert Fulton School, MS 8
Cost: $115,000
Location: Downtown
5.     Real Time Bus Clocks
Status: 2017 funded project
Cost: $300,000
Location: 12 clocks through-out the district
6.     Repair Toddler Playground at Independence Towers
Status: 2017 funded project
Cost: $500,000
Location: Williamsburg

Year 6 - PB 2018 Funded Projects

Plant trees in Bed-Stuy
-        Community Board 2 and 3 within District 33 ($210,000)
With up to 60 trees and tree guards bring air and life to the area with the lowest density of trees in the neighborhood.

Pedestrian Safety Improvements
Status: This project is in scoping with FY 23 expected for construction to begin.
-        Intersection of Clay, Franklin, Commercial ($300,000)
Improvements on a dangerous, three-way intersection, next to a playground and residential apartments.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Connector
Status: Work for this section of the greenway will be completed as part of our BQE Triple Cantilever project. Construction is expected to begin in FY 23. The scope will remain the same for this segment of Atlantic Ave.
-        Atlantic Avenue from B.B. Park to Columbia Street ($300,000)
The project will permanently build out the temporary bike path to be safer for both pedestrians and vehicles.

Bathroom Renovation at George Westinghouse H.S
-        George Westinghouse H.S., 105 Tech Place ($300,000)
Renovate three restrooms - 1 gender neutral - at GWHS, which provides career and technical education to over 600 students.

Provide 6 laptop carts to P.S./I.S. 157
-        850 Kent Ave ($250,000)
Update technology in P.S./I.S. 157 by adding 3 laptop carts to grades 1-5 and 3 to middle school grades 6-8.

8 New Water Fountains

-        101 Walton Street and 850 Kent Avenue ($80,000)
Replace four water fountains at both P.S. 318 and P.S. 157 with fountain and bottle filling stations for reusable containers.