The Participatory Budget Results Are In! And the Winners Are…

by GWAPP on

After a months long process of meetings, expos and voting, the Paticipatory Budgeting results are in. These five projects will be funded (in winning order):

1. NYCHA Playground Repairs

2. Gowanus Community Center Re-Opening

3. McGolrick Park Playground Reconstruction

4. BOOKlyn Shuttle

5. PS261 Bathroom Renovations

There were 1,925 votes, and the funding for these five projects tops in at $1.6 million! Thank you to everyone who participated in the process. And congratulations to all the winners!

View all the projects on the D33 ballot (PDF).

Learn more about the Participatory Budgeting process from start to finish.

What do you think? Did you vote? Were your projects funded? Tell us in the comments.

GWAPP

GWAPP

The Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks & Planning, Inc. ("GWAPP") is a not-for-profit group, 501(c)(3), comprised of individuals, community organizations, religious institutions, and concerned citizens from the Greenpoint-Williamsburg communities dedicated to the development of parks and public access on the Greenpoint waterfront.
  • Nancy commented:

    Was this the monies that the oil company was ordered to give to Greenpoint I am confused. Please advise who gave these monies Nancy C

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  • Heather Van De Mark

    Heather Van De Mark commented:

    Hi Nancy,

    Participatory Budgeting and the Exxon Mobile money (sometimes called the GCEF) are unrelated.

    Participatory Budgeting, or PB for short, is “a different way to manage public money, and to engage people in government. It is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. It enables taxpayers to work with government to make the budget decisions that affect their lives.” More about the PB process in general can be found online: http://www.participatorybudgeting.org/about-participatory-budgeting/what-is-pb/

    The PB process came to NYC in 2011, when “four New York City Council Members – Brad Lander, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Eric Ulrich, and Jumaane D. Williams – launched a PB process to let residents allocate part of their capital discretionary funds. Since then, five more Council Members have joined the process, giving the community real decision-making power over at least $14 million in taxpayer money across nine districts.” More about NYC PB can be found online: http://pbnyc.org/content/about-new-york-city-process

    One of those Council Members happens to be CM Levin representing District 33, which includes Greenpoint. (It also happens to include parts of Williamsburg, Vinegar Hill, Dumbo, Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Boerum Hill and parts of Park Slope.) His office receives discretionary funds (aka tax payer money from the City) that can be allocated as he sees fit. By spending that money via PB, it allows the community to be part of the decision making on how that money is spent.

    All participating NYC Council Members have to be willing to spend at least $1 million of their discretionary fund to be a part of the PB process. This year, CM Levin has agreed to allocate $1.6 million of his discretionary fund for the five projects above.

    Hope that clarifies things!

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