2012-10-05 / Top Stories

Ulrich Sets Series Of Participatory Meetings

Councilmember Eric A. Ulrich has announced the dates and locations of the first round of “Neighborhood Assemblies” for the second year of the Participatory Budget Project in Broad Channel and the Rockaways.

The first Neighborhood Assembly was held in Breezy Point this week. An additional two dates have been announced for Rockaway and Broad Channel residents who are all encouraged to attend. These Neighborhood Assemblies are an opportunity for residents to discuss the participatory budget process and generate project ideas. The next Neighborhood Assembly will take place on Thursday, October 18, at 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Rockaway Beach. This will be followed by another meeting on October 23, at P.S. 114 in Belle Harbor starting at 6 p.m.

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 the fiscal year 2013 (July 2012-June 2013), as determined by the public, through the 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.

In total, there will be five public Neighborhood Assemblies held before the end of November. The community volunteers will later 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 2014 fiscal year budget.

For more information about the meetings contact Ulrich’s Rockaway office at 718-318-6411. For more information on Participatory Budgeting in New York City, visit www.pbnyc.org.

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