ew York just made civil rights history! Just moments ago the City Council voted to override Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of two Community Safety Act bills that will enact real and lasting reforms to discriminatory policing practices, including the NYPD’s abusive stop and frisk program.
NEW YORK, NY (04/22/2013)– In 2011, City Council Members Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn), Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan), Eric Ulrich (R-Queens) and Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn) launched Participatory Budgeting (PB) in their districts, enabling their constituents to decide how to spend millions of dollars in Council Member discretionary funds. On Monday, these Council Members were joined by Mark Weprin (D-Queens), Stephen Levin (D-Brooklyn), and David Greenfield (D-Brooklyn) to announce the results of the second cycle of PB in New York City (PBNYC), now an annual process in several council districts.
Community Voices Heard joined with our partners in PBNYC to discuss the Participatory Budgeting process this morning. Below are some of the presentations shared, and background on the event itself.
Year one of Participatory Budgeting in New York City was a HUGE success, with nearly $6 million in funding invested based on the votes of 6,000 New Yorkers voting around the city! Called the People’s Budget by many participants, it was a resounding success. You can learn more about the first cycle of PBNYC here.