During PBNYC cycle 6 (2016-2017), New Yorkers had the opportunity to vote for their five favorite projects proposed in their Districts. 102,800 New Yorkers voted for their favorite projects across 31 Council Districts, allocating over $40 million in Capital funds for PBNYC Cycle 6 (2016-2017). Cycle 6 saw a 45 percent increase in the number of voters (up from 67,691 voters in Cycle 5). READ MORE
What is Participatory Budgeting?
Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. It’s grassroots democracy at its best. It helps make budget decisions clear and accessible. It gives real power to people who 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? READ MORE
During PBNYC cycle 5 (2015-2016), New Yorkers had the opportunity to vote for their five favorite projects proposed in their Districts. Each participating Council Member offered at least $1 million in funding for the proposals that tally the most votes. 67,000 New Yorkers voted to allocate $38 million for locally-developed capital projects across 28 Council Districts in New York City. READ MORE
In 2015, the Council began implementing text messaging in pilot programs across different initiatives. After introducing SMS as a way to increase turnout for Participatory Budgeting, we’ve expanded the program to include idea submissions, as well as general updates from the Council.
To sign up for Council’s General Text Updates, text NYCC to 917-746-5837!
To sign up for our Participatory Budgeting Text Updates, text PBNYC to 212-676-8384! READ MORE