2012-02-24 / Community

New Participatory Budgeting Meetings Announced

Rockaway residents at a recent participatory budgeting meeting. Rockaway residents at a recent participatory budgeting meeting. Councilmember Eric A. Ulrich has announced the dates and locations of the second round of “Neighborhood Assemblies” for his pilot Participatory Budget Project in Broad Channel and the Rockaways.

The four Neighborhood Assemblies will be held as follows: Thursday, March 1, 7:30 p.m., at the West End Temple, 147-02 Newport Avenue, Neponsit; Monday, March 5, 7:30 p.m., at the Waterside School (PS 317/MS 318, formerly PS 225), 190 Beach 110 Street, Rockaway Park; Tuesday, March 6, 7:30 p.m., at the Knights of Columbus — Rockaway Council, 333 Beach 90 Street, Rockaway Beach; and Wednesday, March 7, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Prince-Wynn Post #260, 705 Shad Creek Road, Broad Channel. The public is invited to take part in the process of deciding how residents will collectively use $1 million of the councilman’s discretionary funding for the next fiscal year.

These Neighborhood Assemblies are the last opportunity for the communityat large to provide input and commentary on the project ideas before the public vote, which will be held during the week of March 25-31. Voting times and locations will be announced shortly.

Participatory Budgeting in New York City is a pilot project which began last fall, in which Ulrich and three other members of the City Council have pledged to allocate $1 million in capital funds for the fiscal year 2013 (July 2012-June 2013), as determined by the public, through the process. Five public Neighborhood Assemblies were held in October/November 2011, which were attended by several hundred Broad Channel and Rockaway residents, and which generated hundreds of possible project ideas. Since that time, 50 volunteer “budget delegates” have been researching the project ideas and meeting in committees, to determine which projects are feasible, and will best serve the needs of the community. Those project ideas will then be voted on by the public March 25-31.

“I am deeply grateful to everyone who has participated in the process thus far, and encourage everyone to attend one of the Neighborhood Assemblies. The budget delegates have put in long hours to bring the process to this critical point, and I look forward to hearing the results of their hard work,” Ulrich said this week.

For more information on Participatory Budgeting in New York City, visit www.pbnyc.org.

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