2012-09-28 / Top Stories

Ulrich Renews Participatory Budgeting Process

By Nicholas Briano

Rockaway residents taking part in last year’s participatory budgeting process. Rockaway residents taking part in last year’s participatory budgeting process. Councilmember Eric Ulrich has announced this week that he will once again be hosting a participatory budgeting project for the Rockaway and Broad Channel portions of his district heading into the next fiscal year.

To get the process kicked off, he also announced the first round of “Neighborhood Assemblies” where the public is encouraged to attend and join the discussion that will generate ideas on how $1 million worth of Ulrich’s discretionary funds will be spent in the upcoming 2014 fiscal year (July 2013-June 2014).

Participatory Budgeting in New York City is a project which began last year, in which Ulrich and three other members of the City Council pledged to allocate up to $1 million in capital funds for fiscal year 2013 (July 2012-June 2013), as determined by the public, through this process. In total, $1.3 million in capital projects was funded by Ulrich based on the results of the public voting. This year, four more members of the City Council have joined the participatory budget process.

The first Neighborhood Assembly will be held in Breezy Point on Thursday, October 4, 7:00 p.m., at the Breezy Point Activity Center, 17 West Market Street.

In total there will be five public Neighborhood Assemblies held over the next two months.

“I am deeply grateful to everyone who has participated in the process thus far, and encourage everyone to attend one of the Neighborhood Assemblies,” Ulrich said in a statement this week.

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

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