Speaker Corey Johnson and the New York City Council Announce Results of 2018-2019 Participatory Budgeting

City Hall, New York – Today, Speaker Corey Johnson and the New York City Council announced the voting results and winning proposals of the 2018-2019 Participatory Budgeting cycle. During the voting period, which took place from March 30th until April 7th, more than 118,000 New Yorkers voted to allocate over $39 million in capital funding for locally-developed capital projects across 32 Council Districts in New York City. In addition, Borough President Eric L. Adams also renewed his commitment to the initiative and allocated $1.1 million to various projects in participating Brooklyn Council Member districts.

There were a total of 552 voting sites located across the five boroughs, and the voting ballot was available in English and 16 other languages. Participants were able to vote online or submit the traditional paper ballot.

Of the 118,308 votes cast for this cycle, 67% were paper ballots and the remaining 33% was online voting.

Voting in Participatory Budgeting is open to all residents of participating districts who are 11 years of age and older. The sole identification requirement is proof of residency in the participating council district.

“When people become engaged, they can make a difference. Participatory Budgeting is a clear example of civic engagement. Neighbors decide where to spend their money, and they are really the ones who know the needs for their communities. The projects cover a wide array of issues, including improving lighting in NYCHA parks, making upgrades in schools and community centers, creating new playgrounds and planting trees,” said Speaker Corey Johnson. “I applaud everyone who voted. Turnout is so important. I want to thank my colleagues, staff, partners in government and volunteers for participating in this new Participatory Budgeting cycle, and alerting New Yorkers about their right to vote on these budget items. I look forward to another successful cycle next year with even larger turnout.”

“I’m so proud that District 2’s first ever Participatory Budgeting cycle saw our community get excited about civic engagement, with almost 4,800 votes cast I want to thank the local organizations, budget delegates, district committee members, vote-week volunteers, and District 2 staff that helped make our first cycle such a success. From bus countdown clocks and street resurfacing, to school upgrades throughout District 2, I’m eager to see our winning projects take shape and inspire next year’s project ideas,” said Council Member Carlina Rivera.

“As the representative of diverse communities, I have seen Participatory Budgeting provide a path to civic engagement for people who are often excluded from the decision-making processes,” said Council Member Adrienne Adams. “Having power to create proposals and put them on a ballot for a public vote is a powerful tool to bring neighbors together, to bring more transparency to our public funding and to make sure that decisions are in the interest of a broad set of community members. I’m proud to offer District 28 residents the opportunity to decide what they would like to see funded by their own tax dollars through the Participatory Budgeting process. This brings government closer to the people, where it ought to be.”

“I’m really moved that 32 council districts took part in Participatory Budgeting’s Cycle 8 this year, and I’m especially proud of District 39, where 7,500 people – the most we’ve ever seen – made their voices heard by voting in person or on line,” said City Council Member Brad Lander. “The five expense and four capital projects that won, from a sewing circle for South Asian survivors of domestic violence to a down payment for an elevator at the 7th Avenue F/G station, will benefit so many neighborhoods, parks, schools and community residents. PBNYC is grassroots democracy at its very best: Open to all, for the good of us all.”

“Every year, I look forward to seeing the new and creative ways our community members motivate their neighbors during the participatory budgeting process,” said Council Member Paul Vallone. “Here in Northeast Queens, where we had impressive turnout, voters decided to fund a gymnasium renovation at College Point’s PS 129, a Green Biome project at Bayside High School, and four NYPD security cameras for the District. I’m thrilled that the community has once again overwhelmingly embraced the success of this grassroots effort, and I look forward to continuing to grow the process next year!”

For the 2018-2019 cycle, 32 Council Members facilitated Participatory Budgeting in their districts. Below are the winning projects for each district:

District 2: Council Member Carlina Rivera

Project Votes Funding Amount
Countdown Clocks for M9, M14A and M14D 2,313 $200,000
Science
Mobile Carts at P.S. 34
2,102 $140,000
Street Resurfacing 2,092 $250,000/mile
Gym Renovation at P.S. 188 2,001 $150,000
Lift Installation at P.S. 40 1,991 $350,000

District 3: Speaker Corey Johnson

Project Votes Funding
Amount
Improved
Lighting for NYCHA Parks
2,017 $600,000
Upgrade
Water Fountains for Public Schools
1,993 $300,000
Street
Tree Protection Package
1,953 $200,000

 
District 4: Council Member Keith Powers

Project Votes Funding Amount
New Tree Planting and Tree Guards 1,579 $150,000
New Bathroom at Wagner Middle School 1,572 $200,000
Countdown Clocks at Bus Stops 1,555 $200,000
Tech Upgrades for District 4 Libraries 1,257 $250,000
Tech Upgrades doe District 4 Schools 906 $120,000

District 5: Council Member Ben Kallos

Project Votes Funding
Amount
Fund
Parks Districtwide
757 $250,000

New
Trees and Guards for Sidewalks
714 $225,000
Laptops
for 10 Public Schools
680 $350,000

District 6: Council Member Helen Rosenthal

Project Votes Funding
Amount
Technology
Upgrade for 4 U.W.S Schools
2,853 $400,000
Bathroom
Upgrades at 2 U.W.S Elementary Schools  
2,530 $400,000

Waste
Management System for NYCHA Buildings
2,266 $150,000
Neighborhood
Tree Planting
1,578 $500,000

District
7: Council Member Mark Levine

Project Votes Funding
Amount
P.S.
165
1,263 $240,000

Bus
Countdown Clocks
1,257 $200,000
Adam
Clayton Powell Jr. Elementary School
1,217 $200,000

Community
Health Academy of the Heights
1,139 $200,000

District
8: Council Member Diana Ayala

Project Votes Funding
Amount
Technology
Upgrades for East Harlem Schools
1,312 $175,000
Water
Fountains for East Harlem Schools
1,256 $140,000
Hydroponic
Lab Equipment for Manhattan Center
1,232 $170,000
Project Votes Funding
Amount
Technology
Upgrades for South Bronx Schools
1,370 $175,000
Water
Fountain Upgrades for South Bronx Schools
945 $105,000

 

P.S.
43 Development of a Sensory Gym
824 $200,000

District
9: Council Member Bill Perkins

Project Votes Funding
Amount
Tech
Grants for Harlem Schools
1,737 $400,000
Broadband
Upgrades for Harlem Schools
1,507 $150,000
Bus
Time Countdown Clocks
1,272 $200,000
P.S./I.S.
180 Hydroponics Lab Upgrade
929 $170,000
Harriet
Truman Memorial Beautification Project
829 $175,000

District
10: Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez

Project Votes Funding
Amount
M.S.
528 Courtyard Renovation
1,076 $500,000
P.S.
189 Gym Renovation
991 $300,000

District
11: Council Member Andrew Cohen

Project Votes Funding
Amount
Roadway
Resurfacing
1,324 $250,000
Technology
Grants for NYPL
1,304 $250,000

Safety
Upgrades in Woodlawn Playground
1,256 $400,000
Real
Time Information (RTPI)
1,071 $200,000

District
15: Council Member Ritchie Torres

Project Votes Funding
Amount
Water
Fountain Installation 
4,385 $250,000
Technology
Upgrades for P.S. 96
3,823 $200,000
Security
Cameras for District 15
3,820 $150,000
New
Playground for P.S. 32
3,199 $200,000
Video/Audio
Upgrades for Cafeteria at P.S. 205
1,751 $100,000

District
16: Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson

Project Votes Funding
Amount
SmartBoards
& Laptops at Bronx School for LGJ
1,926 $180,000
Security
Cameras
1,793 $105,657

Audio/Visual
Tech. Upgrades for Girls Prep. Academy
1,627 $200,000
Playground
Renovation at Butler Houses
1,559 $500,000

District
17: Council Member Rafael Salamanca Jr.

Project Votes Funding
Amount
M.S.
302 Playground Surveillance Cameras
966 $450,000
Folding
partition Wall for Gym
751 $300,000
P.S.
352 Sensory Room
354 $150,000

District
19: Council Member Paul Vallone

Project Votes Funding
Amount
P.S.
129 Gymnasium Renovation
2,009 $400,000
Green
Biome at Bayside High School
1,807 $500,000
NYPD
Security Cameras
1,574 $141,000

District
22: Council Member Costa Constantinides

Project Votes Funding
Amount
Water
Bottle Refilling Stations
1,430 $285,000
Real
Time Information (RTPI)
1,191 $180,000
Library
Revitalization Supplement
1,139 $250,000
Classroom
Electrical Upgrades
1,021 $150,000
Update
High School Speed WiFi
946 $250,000

District
26: Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer

Project Votes Funding
Amount
Tech
Upgrades for Schools
3,484 $400,000
Tech
Upgrades for 5 Libraries
2,278 $450,000
P.S.
150 Hydroponics Science Lab
2,022 $200,000
P.S.
112 Bathroom Renovations
1,973 $200,000
Bus
Time Countdown Clocks
1,561 $200,000
Community
Center Bathroom Upgrades
1,065 $600,000

District
27: Council Member I. Daneek Miller

Project Votes Funding
Amount
Tech
Upgrades at District Libraries
625 $400,000
21st
Century Schools: P.S. 15, P.S. 360 & Riverton
617 $300,000
Where
is my Bus?
478 $200,000
Supporting
Young Scholars
411 $75,000
Beautify
the Boulevard
391 $200,000

District
28: Council Member Adrienne Adams

Project Votes Funding
Amount
Tech
Upgrades for P.S. 48, P.S. 55, P.S. 161, M.S. 72 & M.S. 332
1,132 $175,000
Bathroom
Renovations at P.S. 40, P.S. 45, P.S. 55 &  P.S. 80
935 $400,000
Water
Fountains with Bottle Refill at J.H.S. 226 & P.S. 55
821 $48,000
Five
Real Time Rider Information at Bus Stops in District 28
801 $200,000
Tech
Upgrades for Baisley & Rochdale Libraries
771 $160,000
Tech
Upgrades for Lefferts & South Ozone Park Library
757 $170,000
Renovation
of Student Lounge at Richmond H.S.
718 $200,000

District
29: Council Member Karen Koslowitz

Project Votes Funding
Amount
Bathroom
Renovations
1,601 $600,000
New
Water Fountains 
1,556 $4000,000

District
31: Council Member Donovan Richards

Project Votes Funding
Amount
Tech
Upgrades at P.S. 156
2,850 $200,000
Gym
Upgrade at P.S. 195
2,708 $300,000
Classroom
Upgrade P.S./I.S. 270
2,690 $250,000
Tech
Upgrade at P.S. 251
2,625 $140,000
Auditorium
Upgrades at P.S. 52
2,579 $250,000
SmartBoards
at P.S. 183
1,175 $350,000
Laptops
for Learning and Service
785 $250,000
Basketball
Courts
693 $500,000

District
33: Council Member Steve Levin

Project Votes Funding
Amount
Renovated
Library for Better Learning 
1,914 $250,000
Renovate
Bathrooms for Elementary Schools
1,711 $400,000
Safety
First around P.S. 380
1,701 $300,000
New
SmartBoards for P.S. 31
1,663 $250,000
Make
STEM
1,541 $350,000

District
34: Council Member Antonio Reynoso

Project Votes Funding
Amount
21st
Century Technology Upgrade at BK Arbor School
3,251 $270,000
Playground
Upgrade at Williamsburg Houses
2,301 $500,000
More
Street Trees for District 34
2.091 $500,000

District
35: Council Member Laurie Cumbo

Project Votes Funding
Amount
Tech
Upgrades for Medgar Evers College Prep
2,555 $100,000
Bathroom
at P.S. 316 Elijah Stroud
1,781 $200,000
Trees
along Nostrand Avenue
1,633 $50,000
Walt
Whitman Library Young Adult Upgrades
1,484 $250,000

District
36: Council Member Robert Cornegy

Project Votes Funding
Amount
Tompkins
Houses Community Center Upgrade
1,221 $500,000
P.S.
3 Bedford Village Gymnasium Upgrade
1,148 $300,000
Harmony
Park Upgrade
896 $400,000

District
38: Council Member Carlos Menchaca

Project Votes Funding
Amount
Sunset
Park Outdoor Stage
 
4,142 $500,000
6309
4th Avenue Senior Housing
 
3,988 $500,000
New
Playground for P.S. 169
3,976 $500,000
Pedestrian
Safety Improvements
3,002 $300,000
Water
Hookup for the Red Hook Community Farm
1,814 $500,000

District
39: Council Member Brad Lander

Project Votes Funding
Amount
Down
Payment on Elevator at 7th Avenue F/G Station
 
3,958 $250,000
P.S.
58 Make Greener, Safer, Improved Play Yard
3,272 $500,000
P.S.
130: New Flooring for Safer Environment
3,052 $600,000
M.S.
51 New All-Gender Bathrooms & Water Fountains
2,880 $140,000

District
40: Council Member Mathieu Eugene

Project Votes Funding
Amount
Renovate
Entrance at Cortelyou Road Library
1,089 $350,000
Parkside
and Ocean Avenues Safety Improvements
1,089 $300,000
Upgrade
School Library at P.S. 92
1,066 $35,000
Remodel
Class Space at P.S. 399
870 $35,000
Technology
Upgrade at P.S. 890
855 $35,000
New
Sound System for P.S. 217
758 $200,000
Auditorium
Upgrade at P.S. 92
627 $200,000

District
41: Council Member Alicka Ampry-Samuel

Project Votes Funding
Amount
P.S.
284 Playground Repairs
743 $600,000
Lunchroom
Upgrades at P.S. 5
663 $300,000
Phase
2 Cameras at Langton Hughes Houses
649 $300,000

District
43: Council Member Justin Brannan

Project Votes Funding
Amount
SmartBoards
for P.S. 102
826 $35,000
Security
Cameras on Fifth Avenue
798 $75,000
SmartBoards
in the Classroom P.S./I.S. 30
768 $35,000
New
Trees and Tree Guards
752 $200,000
Meeting
Room Upgrade for McKinley
551 $250,000

District
45

Project Votes Funding
Amount
P.S./I.S.
181 Lead the Way Updated Computer Lab
1,196 $160,000
I.S.
285 Meyer Levin STEM Lab
962 $350,000
MTA
Real Time Passenger Information Boards
949 $180,000
Water
Fountains & Tech Equipment Information Boards
908 $450,000
P.S.
208 School Updates
884 $350,000
P.S.
193 Auditorium Upgrade
694 $450,000

District
47: Council Member Mark Treyger

Project Votes Funding
Amount
Technology
for P.S 212
 
1,787 $200,000
Gym
Upgrade for P.S. 288
826 $500,000
Hydroponics
Lab for P.S. 188
 
682 $200,000
RTPI
MTA Countdown Clocks for District 47
479 $200,000

District
49: Council Member Debi Rose

Project Votes Funding
Amount
STEM
Carts in Schools
1,375 $435,000
Real
Time Passenger Arrival Sign
1,287 $200,000
Basketball
Court at Faber Park
1,052 $300,000

A map of winning projects and full voting results district by district can be viewed at www.council.nyc.gov/pb. ###