CM Levine Prepares to Kick off Participatory Budgeting Vote Week

Northern Manhattan residents to vote on how to spend $1 million

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**

CONTACT: Jake Sporn // 516-946-5253 // jsporn@council.nyc.gov

Northern Manhattan, NY – City Council Member Mark Levine will hold a Kick-Off Event for the 4th Annual Participatory Budgeting (PB) Vote Week this Saturday, April 7th from 12 to 2 pm. PB empowers local residents to vote for project proposals developed by community stakeholders that they would like to see funded. Voters will be able to choose their top 5 selections out of 11 project proposals to decide how to spend $1 million of public money.

“Participatory budgeting engages our community in the governing process by giving residents the ability to decide what improvements they want to see in their neighborhood. Many of the creative project proposals on the ballot would not have come to light without input from the community. I’m proud to offer District 7 residents the opportunity to directly decide what they’d like to see funded by their own tax dollars,” said Council Member Mark Levine. “This is always an exciting time of year. In just a few short months, the Grant Houses playground which our community voted to fund in 2015, will be completed in time for summer. I can’t wait to cut that ribbon. It’s truly amazing to see how our community comes together to get things done through this process.”

This year, eligible voters only need to be 11 years old and live in the 7th Council District to take part in participatory budgeting. Residents will be able to vote online starting this Saturday. The full list of ballot proposals, along with voting locations, is available on Council Member Levine’s website, and below:

 

CM Levine's District Office

500 West 141st St.

 

4/9 through 4/13

9:30am to 5:30pm

George Bruce Library

518 West 125th St.

 

4/9 through 4/14, 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Bloomingdale Library

150 West 100th St.

 

4/9 through 4/14

3pm to 5pm

 

2018 Project

Modernizing Neighborhood Libraries

  • $200,000 for new computers, printers, Wi-Fi, projectors, and audio systems in 7th District public libraries

Upgrading Community Parks

  • $570,000 to rebuild the handball court at the Alexander Hamilton Playground
  • $450,000 to repair the Morningside Park playground at 110th Street, including new equipment for children of all ages
  • $500,000 for new playground turf at PS 125

Investing in our Schools

  • $200,000 for technology upgrades at MS 54, the Booker T. Washington Middle School (103 West 107th St)
  • $200,000 for technology upgrades at PS 36 Margaret Douglas School (123 Morningside Drive)
  • $450,000 for to upgrade the gym at PS 165, the Roberts E. Simon School (234 West 109th St)

Building Stronger NYCHA Communities

  • $500,000 to upgrade the playground and basketball courts at Frederick Douglass Houses
  • $500,000 for external lighting at Grant Houses
  • $200,000 for an emergency readiness kiosk at Manhattanville Houses

Improving Commutes

  • $60,000 for Bus Countdown Clocks along Broadway

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