2011-10-07 / Community

Ulrich Public Meetings This Month

By Nicholas Briano

Eric A. Ulrich Eric A. Ulrich Councilmember Eric A. Ulrich has announced details for the first round of public meetings for his Participatory Budgeting initiative, which will give residents the opportunity to decide how $1 million in capital funds can be spent on projects in Broad Channel and the Rockaways. Input from the meetings will be used to create a ballot featuring the top prioritized capital projects to be voted on by Rockaway residents. This is an effort, Ulrich says, to bring the public into the budget decision-making process.

The first three meetings are scheduled for Monday, October 17 at 7 p.m. at the Colony Theater in Breezy Point; Thursday, October 20 at 7 p.m. at PS 114 in Belle Harbor; and Thursday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Preparatory Academy Charter School in Rockaway Park. Two additional assemblies in Broad Channel and Rockaway Beach are being planned for late October or early November with details to be announced shortly, according to Ulrich.

The public is urged to attend one of these meetings to add their voice to the conversation regarding how some of their tax dollars should be spent. The plan was announced a few weeks ago when Ulrich joined three other New York City Council members who decided to do the same in their districts. Ulrich, however, is limiting the funding to just the Rockaway and Broad Chan- nel portions of his district. Council members receive anywhere from $1.5 million to $6 million in discretionary funding each fiscal year. The community volunteers will finalize proposals and work with city agencies and Ulrich to estimate costs and feasibility of the requested improvements. Finally, public votes will be held in March, for the residents to decide which projects will ultimately become part of the 2013 fiscal year budget. For more information about the meetings contact Ulrich’s Rockaway office at 718-318-6411.

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