Don't miss your chance to have a say in how the City's budget is spent, Vote in Participatory Budgeting next week

On behalf of Council Members Stephen Levin and Antonio Reynoso, NAG invites all of our members who live in Council Districts 33 and part of 34 to be involved in the Participatory Budgeting process.

10006930_621057417949511_882670761_nParticipatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which residents decide how to spend a portion of the City’s budget. It gives real power to New Yorkers who may have never been involved in the political process before and can result in better budget decisions for our city – because who knows the needs of our communities better than the people who actually live there?!

Voting will take place Saturday, April 11th, through Sunday, April 19th. Anyone 14 years or older who lives in Council District 33 or 34 is eligible to vote.

If you need to confirm whether you live in Council District 33 or 34, or would like to find out if your local Council Member is participating in this year’s PB process, you can do so by entering your address on the Council’s website.

Residents can find out where to vote, pledge to vote, volunteer to help with the Participatory Budgeting vote, and learn more about this exciting process on Council Member Levin’s website.bikeshare community board_1 (2)

This is a great way for NAG members to have a real impact on the outcomes in their community.

Projects up for vote in District 33 include:

1. Greenway Sidewalk Reconstruction

Cost: $500,000
Description: Sidewalk repairs btwn. Kent and Flushing Aves. Improve conditions and create access for wheelchair users and others to the former Naval Hospital Cemetery – soon to become a public recreational space!
Location: Williamsburg Street West (South Williamsburg)

2. Preserving Historic Street Lamps
Cost: $225,000
Description: Historic street lamps have illuminated Atlantic Avenue for 30+ years and many lamps have been damaged and removed. Eleven street lamps need to be replaced to restore the avenue to its former beauty.
Location: Atlantic Ave Court St.-4th Ave (Boerum Hill)

3. Safer Pedestrian Crossings on Meeker Ave
Cost: $300,000
Description: This high speed corridor has seen 3 fatalities & 104 serious injuries in the last 3 years. Sidewalk extensions will be installed at 3 intersections to decrease crossing distances and increase safety.
Location: Lorimer/Manhattan, Graham Aves (Greenpoint & Williamsburg)

4. NYCHA Playground/Active Space Renovation
Cost: $500,000
Description: Independence Towers and Wyckoff Gardens: The ball courts and playgrounds at these neighborhood play areas have damaged equipment and falling apart fences. Help give these neighborhood spaces a lift!
Location: 114 Taylor St & 185 Nevins St (South Williamsburg & Gowanus)

5. Green Space Landscaping & Beautification
Cost: $300,000
Description: Community green space is neglected there are exposed pipes jutting into what should be a play area! There is enormous need for landscaping, trees and plants, which can improve these green spaces.
Location: TaylorWythe/Independence/Berry (South Williamsburg)

6. Lighting & Accessibility for All!
Cost: $400,000
Description: Increase safety and better quality of life for residents as well as neighbors of Williams Plaza, by improving development lighting and remedying needed entrance accessibility problems.
Location: 325 Roebling St. (South Williamsburg)

7. Mic Check!
Cost: $300,000
Description: This project will fund new sound system equipment in Brooklyn High School of the Arts and in Van Arsdale High School. Five schools share two auditoriums that haven’t been upgraded in fifteen years.
Location: 345 Dean St. and 257 N.6th St. (Williamsburg & Boerum Hill)

8. P.S. 31: Upgrade our computer lab!
Cost: $160,000
Description: Our 15 year old computers are older than our students, and our printers are broken. Please vote to completely upgrade our technology program by funding new computers and printers for our 600 students!
Location: 75 Meserole Ave. (Greenpoint)

9. P.S. 110: Install modern technology!
Cost: $175,000
Description: Help us provide STEM science appropriate classroom technology for our students. The most central piece to get the ball rolling is state-of-the-art smartboards. Please vote to help us meet our goals!
Location: 124 Monitor St. (Greenpoint)

10. P.S. 38 & M.S. 447: Bathrooms That Work!
Cost: $280,000
Description: You say the Flushers and Faucets don’t work? Ick! Please vote to upgrade these facilities that are used by 1,000 students each day. If you do, we’ll have safer, cleaner, more sustainable bathrooms!
Location: 450 Pacific St. & 345 Dean St. (Boerum Hill)

11. P.S. 307: Build a 21st Century Library!
Cost: $150,000
Description: Our library hasn’t been updated since it was built in 1966. Help upgrade our old space and outdated technology with a media center that will include new technology and a comfortable space to learn!
Location: 209 York St. (Vinegar Hill)

12. P.S. 16: Re-Pave our Schoolyard!
Cost: $300,000
Description: Our schoolyard is old, cracked, and becoming unsafe. Help us create a safe play area for our students during recess and for events like our annual dance festival. Vote to re-pave our schoolyard!
Location: 157 Wilson St. (South Williamsburg)

13. Khalil Gilbran H.S: Give Us Electricity!
Cost: $150,000
Description: What good is our new technology if we don’t have the power to turn it on? Please vote to bring more power to our school!
Location: 362 Schermerhorn St. (Boerum Hill)

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