Friday, April 4, 2014

Vote this weekend - Participatory Budgeting

Our area's City Councilman, Brad Lander, sent out the below reminder that this is a big weekend to help decide which of many great ideas should get funding prioritization from his office.

This is the big weekend for Participatory Budgeting, and we want you to take part by voting on how $1 million of City funds will be spent in this neighborhood. Voting is Saturday and Sunday.
Vote Dates
Saturday, April 6, 10 AM - 7 PM
Carroll Gardens Library
396 Clinton St (at Union St)
PS 230 Lower School425 McDonald Ave
(between Church Ave & Albemarle Rd)
Old Stone House
336 3rd St (Washington Park)
Sunday, April 7, 10 AM - 5 PM
Beth Jacob Day Care 
1363 46th St (at 14th Ave)
Kings Bay Y at Windsor Terrace
1224 Prospect Ave
(at Vanderbilt St)
Park Slope Armory YMCA
361 15th Street
(between 7th and 8th Ave)
Carroll Park House
Carroll St and Smith St
Any district resident can vote, ages 16 and up.

There are 13 items on the ballot – read and watch videos about all of them here – covering many of the needs of our neighborhoods. You can vote on improvements for district schools, upgrades to our parks and projects to green our environment and make it easier and safer to get around the district.

We just wrapped up early voting at my office. It’s been very exciting to watch people stream in, sit down with their ballots, and consider carefully what they want to vote for.

Participatory budgeting truly is a community driven process and we are about to complete the third year. From the start, your neighbors have taken ownership of participatory budgeting, coming to brainstorming meetings, joining participatory budgeting committees, and helping spread the word about the vote. They did so much more than our office ever could have—and it is satisfying to know that the winning projects truly reflect the community's needs and interests.

Now it is your turn to get involved. Participating is important, but it's also easy and fun.

Hope to see you at the vote.


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