On March 22, 2012, we released a statement signed on by more than 25 leaders from faith, community and labor, as well as a range of elected officials calling for an end to the Work Experience Program and to fully fund the Parks Opportunity Program. This was released prior to a Park Committee hearing, which we also testified at. (Read the testimony here.)
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.