I am proud to announce the 9th Council district will take part in Participatory Budgeting Vote Week (Saturday, March 30 – Sunday, April 7). District 9 is one of 33 Council districts using Participatory Budgeting to allow constituents to have direct influence on public funds. You will have the opportunity during Vote Week to spend $1 million within the district. The projects receiving the most votes, adding up to $1 million, will then be funded in the 2020 fiscal city budget.

Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a grassroots process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. It gives real power to people who may have never before been involved in the political process and it results in better budget decisions – because who better knows the needs of our community than the people who live there?

Since October, community volunteers, known as Budget Delegates, have been working with my office and various city agencies to develop the District 9 Participatory Budgeting ballot. Our Budget Delegates worked in subcommittees (Parks & Recreation, Education, Public Housing, Transportation, and Cultural Arts) to choose 11 projects for a public vote based on community need, impact, and equity.

During Vote Week, my office and our Budget Delegates will be hosting a District 9 PB Project Expo on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 @ 6PM at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr., State Office Building, 2nd Floor Community Room. Come out and learn more about PBNYC, hear from our Budget Delegates and about their proposals, and vote for your favorite projects! If you would like to RSVP please call my office at 212-678-4505.

There are several ways you can cast your vote for your favorite projects. Please visit one of Participatory Budgeting poll sites. My office will be hosting other “pop up” poll sites throughout the district to complement the current polling schedule. I also encourage you to bring your friends and family to vote at a Participatory Budgeting poll site throughout the district or online. You only have to be at least 11 years old or older and live in the district. It is very easy to get involved. Feel free to share this information among your networks and fellow neighbors.

There are several ways you can cast your vote for your favorite projects. Please visit one of many Participatory Budgeting poll sites. My office will be hosting other “pop up” poll sites throughout the district to complement the current polling schedule. I also encourage you to bring your friends and family to vote at a Participatory Budgeting poll site throughout the district or online. You only have to be at least 11 years old or older and live in the district. It is very easy to get involved. Feel free to share this information among your networks and fellow neighbors.

There is an opportunity to vote online starting Saturday, March 30 – Sunday, April 7.

1. Visit www.pbnyc.org/vote

2. Select your preferred language

3. Enter your address to find your district’s ballot

4. Complete the voter affirmation

5. Enter your cell phone number to receive a text message with a verification code

6. Enter your verification code

7. Vote for up to 5 projects!

8. Complete the optional survey or click “Skip Survey”

9. Enter your email address if you wish to receive updates and vote results

I look forward to announcing the projects you voted to be funded after Vote Week. Thank you to all the Budget Delegates, volunteers, and community members who participated in this process. If you would like to get involved with Participatory Budgeting’s 9th Cycle and more updates, please get in contact with my district office at 212-678-4505.