Participatory Budgeting Voting Starts March 30

by Heather Van De Mark on

Starting this Sunday, you can vote for the Participatory Budgeting Projects of your choice! You have a week to vote and there are five polling locations in Greenpoint alone (highlighted in yellow below.) So take a few minutes during your busy week and help decide how to spend your tax dollars!

Voting Eligibility
Be over 16 and a resident of the district (D33). Acceptable forms of ID/proof of residency include:
A document with name and current address from a local, state, or US government agency such as a state driver’s license or non-driver ID, consular ID, passport, EBT card, military ID card; Voter registration card; Utility, medical, credit card bill with name and current address; Current lease; Paycheck or paycheck stub from an employer or a W-2 statement; Bank statement or bank-issued credit card statement; Student ID; Employee ID; Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) or other Immigration Documentation; Residency Letter or Identification issued by a homeless shelter, halfway house, etc; Passport or other ID issued by a foreign government; Social Security Card or Social Security benefit statements or check; Employment Authorization Document; Medicare or other insurance document with address; Tax forms; School records (or naming the parents of children attending school and the parents’ address; Title to any property (automobiles, house, etc.) with address; Birth or marriage certificate; Union Membership Card.

2014 Participatory Budgeting Projects in Greenpoint (in no particular order)

1. McGolrick Park Playground Reconstruction
Short project description: A full reconstruction of the dilapidated and heavily used playground in McGolrick Park.

Cost: $450,000. Location: Monsignor McGolrick Park

2. P.S. 31 Computer Upgrades
Short project description: Upgrade antiquated computer lab with Apple computers, notebook cart, Promethean Activboard, and printers.

Cost: $160,000. Location: 75 Meserole Ave

3. P.S. 110 Let’s get smarter with SMARTboards
Short project description: Equip all classrooms with interactive SMARTboard technology to support curricula and prepare its 375 students for the 21st century.

Cost: $140,000. Location: 124 Monitor St

4. BOOKlyn SHUTTLE – book bus and education center
Short project description: Purchase and retrofit bus designed by Pratt Institute to inspire, stimulate and improve the literacy of North Brooklyn ‘s youth.

Cost: $198,000. Location: CB1 – Mobile

5. NYCHA Playground Repairs
Short project description: Help fund repairs and renovations at four playgrounds around the district. Improve safety and outdoor play for neighborhood kids.

Cost: $400,000. Location: District Wide

View the full list of potential 2014 Participatory Budgeting projects.

About Participatory Budgeting
“In New York, Participatory Budgeting (or PB) is a relatively new program where district residents participate directly in the city budgeting process, deciding how to spend $1,000,000 in city funds. These funds can go towards capital projects in our parks, our schools—or wherever else the residents of our district decide.”

Learn more about the Participatory Budgeting process or watch this neat video:

View the winning 2013 Participatory Budget projects.

Heather Van De Mark

Heather Van De Mark

Heather is a designer/writer specializing in non-profit organizations and social causes. Originally from central NY, Heather settled into the charming Greenpoint neighborhood in 2011. While most of her community activism takes place from behind a computer screen, Heather can often be found at CB1 meetings, the McCarren Park track and any of the parks along the waterfront.