Want to be in on planning how City Council Member Steve Levin, who represents the 33rd Council District that includes Brooklyn Heights and nearby neighborhoods, spends a budget of $1 million? He’s scheduled a Neighborhood Assembly this Tuesday evening, October 22, from 6:00 to 8:00 at St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street (between Court and Clinton).
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.
Neighborhood Assemblies are an important early stage of the Participatory Budgeting process. Before we all come together next April to vote between several developed proposals and decide how our money should be spent, these meetings provide residents the opportunity to take an active role in shaping the conversation. These brain-storming sessions allow residents to bring up their ideas and concerns and ultimately set the foundations for the projects that will be developed and eventually voted on by our community. Two hours of your time will help make Participatory Budgeting a success.
If you want to get more involved in the participatory budgeting process, you can sign up to volunteer.