Friday, March 30, 2012
Council District 32 residents participate in budgeting
From the Daily News:
Residents of Rockaway and Broad Channel can finally let their elected officials know exactly what they would do with $1 million of government spending.
They are hitting the polls this week and voting on a number of capital projects as part of a citywide initiative on “participatory budgeting.”
The projects vary from year-round heated bathrooms on the Rockaway boardwalk to a library vending machine in Breezy Point and technology upgrades at several local schools.
Those receiving the most votes will get funded.
Four City Council districts throughout the city are hosting participatory budgeting initiatives. The only Queens site is a portion of the 32nd District, represented by Councilman Eric Ulrich.
Voting is taking place at local libraries, schools, Ulrich’s district office and other locations through 7 p.m. on Saturday.
A sample ballot and polling sites can be found at www.pbnyc.org.
Over the past few months, people from Rockaway and Broad Channel gathered for several neighborhood assemblies to suggest and select projects for the ballot.
They settled on 16 projects. Residents 18 and older can vote for five items.