Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Participatory Budgeting in Cobble Hill

Streetsblog recently noted that "eight city council members have put a portion of their discretionary capital funds up for a vote as part of an exercise in participatory budgeting, which allows residents to decide how the money will be spent in their own neighborhoods." One of those councilmembers is our very own Brad Lander, who will be hosting an expo this Thursday, March 21st, where residents can learn more about the projects that have been suggested to receive some of the $1 million in discretionary capital funds he has offered up to a public vote. 
The Cobble Hill Association is very pleased that one item on the upcoming ballot will be the addition funds to an existing DOT project on Hicks Street. This will include concrete curb extensions that greatly improves visibility at the dangerous intersection with Congress Street. It is a concern brought up by locals time and time again, and we urge resident to attend the science fair-style expo to learn more details.  It takes place this Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Park Slope branch of the Brooklyn Public Library.

Actual voting dates and times are listed on Councilman Lander's Participatory Budgeting page and pasted below.

Early Voting: 
Tuesday, April 2nd – Thursday, April 4th 7:30 AM – 8 PM daily
@ Councilmember Lander’s District Office 456 5th Avenue, 3rd Floor, between 9th and 10th Street

Regular Voting: 
Saturday, April 6th
@ Carroll Gardens Library, 396 Clinton St (at Union St) 10 AM – 7 PM
@ Old Stone House, 336 3rd Street (Washington Park) 10 AM – 7 PM
@ Kings Bay Y at Windsor Terrace, 1224 Prospect Avenue (at Vanderbilt Street) 10 AM – 7 PM

Sunday, April 7th
@ Beth Jacob, 1371 46th Street (at 14th Avenue) 10 AM – 5 PM
@ PS 230 Lower School, 425 McDonald Ave (bwn Church Ave & Albemarle Rd) 10 AM – 5 PM
@ Park Slope Armory YMCA, 361 15th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenue) 10 AM – 5 PM
@ Carroll Park House, Carroll Street and Smith Street (in Carroll Park) 10 AM – 5 PM

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