BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
As of today, District 26 residents can start voting for their community project of choice, due to Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer’s (D-Sunnyside) $1 million allocation for participatory budgeting.
From Sept. 25 to Oct. 12, Van Bramer is holding seven neighborhood assemblies at local libraries as well as Queensbridge, Ravenswood and Woodside Houses and the Museum of Modern Art’s PS 1, where residents over age 14 will learn about the participatory budgeting process and have the opportunity to propose a capital project of their choice to be included into the official ballot to be voted on next year.
“For the fourth round of participatory budgeting, we’re building on the record breaking turnout and enthusiasm we saw the last time around,” said Van Bramer. “When neighbors from all walks of life come together to brainstorm ideas to improve their community, good things happen. That’s why I’m proud to commit at least $1 million again this year. I encourage everyone to come out to one of our neighborhood assemblies to get the participatory budgeting process started.”
Sunnyside Library will host the first assembly on Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m. The remaining participatory budging events will take place at Jacob A. Riis Settlement House on Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m., the Broadway Library on Oct. 2 at 6 p.m., Ravenswood Community Center on Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m., Woodside Community Center on Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m., Woodside Library on Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m. and PS 1 on Oct. 12 6:30 p.m.
During the previous round of participatory budgeting, more than 5,000 people voted in person and online, allowing Van Bramer to allocate $1.8 million.
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