Participatory Budgeting in NYC

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Participatory budgeting is going big time in the Big Apple. Over the past few weeks, residents of 10 New York City council districts voted on how to spend over $14 million of public money.

In Brooklyn’s 39th District over 2,000 voters selected from 13 projects ranging from transit to education to the environment and more.  Winning projects included improvements to park pathways, laptops for elementary and adult ESL students, and a green roof for a public library.  Project costs ranged from $105,000 for an industrial composting shredder to $300,000 for pedestrian safety.  NYC joins Chicago, San Francisco and Vallejo California in allowing community members to directly decide how to spend part of their public budget.

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