$1 Million Dollar Vote: PB Proposals

by Ryan Watson on

Last night, delegates of the participatory budget (PB) process gathered at the Polish-Slavic Center to present the project ideas that each delegate committee has developed over the past several months. Proposals ranged from a dog run in East River State Park to technological improvements for local schools to funding for new trees and tree guards across the district. Below is the list of projects that will be on the District 33 PB ballot:

  • Technological Improvements for MS 8: $200,400 to purchase 90 laptops, 16 smart boards and laptop carts for the middle school in Brooklyn Heights;
  • Tree Guards across District 33: $100,000 to purchase new tree guards along Nassau Avenue (Greenpoint), Kent Avenue (Williamsburg) and 4th Avenue (Park Slope);
  • Taylor-Wythe Avenue Security System: $200,000 to install security system and cameras at the intersection on Taylor and Wythe Avenues;
  • Repairing the Hinge at the Atlantic Avenue Gateway: $300,000 to redesign and illuminate the BQE underpass at the Atlantic Avenue Gateway in Brooklyn Heights;
  • Planting 100 New Street Trees: $100,000 to plant 100 new street trees in areas of District 33 with few or no trees
  • PS 34 Schoolyard Renovation: $120,000 for repairs and renovations to the schoolyard at PS 34 in Greenpoint;
  • Re-open Gowanus Community Center: $300,000 to re-open the Gowanus Community Center and renovate kitchen, make wheelchair accessible bathrooms and construct outdoor lighting.
  • PS 31 Technology Request: $188,000 to purchase 48 laptops and 8 projectors for the Greenpoint school;
  • Independence Senior Center: $100,000 to fund expansion of the Williamsburg senior center’s kitchen;
  • Wyckoff Gardens Community Center $425,000 toward renovations and expansion of the community center to enable new programming and workshops;
  • East River State Park Dog Run: $450,000 to build a dog run in the East River State Park in Williamsburg;
  • Fitness Equipment in Cadman Plaza: $70,000 to install fitness equipment in Cadman Plaza;
  • Cadman Plaza Park Comfort Station: $300,000 to build a public restroom in Cadman Plaza Park.

 

Voting for the Participatory Budgeting projects will take place from April 1st to 7th at the district office of Councilman Steve Levin (410 Atlantic Avenue) and at local polling sites to be determined. To be eligible to vote, no registration is necessary, you only need to be a resident of District 33.

© 2013 Photo by Ryan Watson. Participatory Budgeting Expo display.

© 2013 Photo by Ryan Watson. Participatory Budgeting Expo display.

© 2013 Photo by Ryan Watson. Participatory Budgeting Expo display.

© 2013 Photo by Ryan Watson. Participatory Budgeting Expo display.

Ryan Watson

Ryan Watson

Originally from Los Angeles, Ryan is a relatively new but very proud resident of Greenpoint. He was drawn to Greenpoint by the strong sense of community and history of local activism. Ryan can be found at North Brooklyn Farms, the urban farm at the Domino Sugar Factory, which he co-founded or working in the 61 Franklin Street Community Garden.

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