2018 / 2019 PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING HAS BEGUN

THIS YEAR EXPENSE FUNDING HAS BEEN ADDED!

Participatory Budgeting for 2018/2019 is underway! And this year we are adding a new pilot program, $20,000 for expense funding! Along with the usual $1.5 million for capital projects we will take ideas for expense projects which most have the following criteria:

•Must be implemented by the City or an eligible non-profit organization that is eligible to receive City Council expense funds

•One-time disbursement, no expectation of renewal, for equipment, furniture, or trainings

•New and innovative programs

We will accept projects between $5,000 and $10,000. They will follow the same process as the capital projects and get voted on in April.

If you want to submit ideas for this year, get involved, or just have comments email Benjamin Solotaire at bsolotaire@council.nyc.gov.

To participate click here

If you have an idea for a capitol project or expense project click here

We also want to come talk to you about PB so if you have a group of three or more people who want to learn more call Benjamin at 718 875 5200, or email him at the above email address.

Four neighborhood assemblies are coming up, please come and make your voice heard!

Sept 12, 6:30-8:00pm - Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St
Sept 20, 6:30-8:00pm - Dupont Senior Center, 80 Dupont Street
Oct 11, 7:00-8:30pm - Independence Community Center, 114 Taylor Street
Oct 16, 6:30-8:00pm - St Francis College, 180 Remsen St

PREVIOUSLY FUNDED PROJECTS - CURRENT STATUS
Year 1 - PB 2013 Funded Projects

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

Year 2 - PB 2014 Funded Projects

1. NYCHA Playground Repairs 
Scheduled for Spring 2018
Cost:  $400,000
2. Gowanus Community Center Renovations and Repairs
Status: In Process
Cost:  $475,000
3. McGolrick Park Playground Reconstruction
Status: Opening Sept 2019!
Cost:  $450,000
4. BK Story Voyager (previously BOOKlyn SHUTTLE) - Book Bus and Education Center 
Status: COMPLETE
Cost:  $198,000
5. P.S. 261 Bathroom Renovations
Status: COMPLETE
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  
Status: PRE-SCOPING MEETINGS HAVE BEGUN
Cost:  $300,000
3. Safer Pedestrian Crossings on Meeker Avenue
Status: In Design
Cost:  $300,000
4. PS 38 & MS 447: Bathrooms that Work
Status: COMPLETED
Cost:  $280,000
5. PS 110: Install Modern Technology
Status: COMPLETED
Cost: $175,000

Year 4 - PB 2016 Funded Projects

1.     STEM Labs at IS 318 and PS34
Status: COMPLETED
Cost: $500,000
2.    Upgrades with PS261 Computer Carts
Status: COMPLETED
Cost: $140,000
3.    Make our School Cool! MS 126
Status: Scoping
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
Status: COMPLETED
Cost: $250,000
Location: Downtown and Bushwick
2.     STEAM Lab for Samuel Dupont Elementary School, PS 31
Status: 2017 funded project
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
Status: Under Construction
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 208 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
-        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
-        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.