District 35 Participatory Budgeting 2018: Winning Projects

Majority Leader Cumbo visited Medgar Evers Prep yesterday to announce results and present oversized checks for winning projects (Via @NYC Council Twitter)

CROWN HEIGHTS – City Council Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo paid a visit to a Crown Heights high school to announce the winning projects from Participatory Budgeting Cycle 7 in her 35th District, unveiling the results and presenting oversized checks at Medgar Evers Prep on Tuesday, May 22.

In a statement championing an “unprecedented” 63% increase in votes cast over last year’s cycle of budgeting, Councilmember Cumbo wrote that participatory budgeting is “an incredible opportunity to engage and empower people of all backgrounds to collectively decide how we can spend $1 million to fund capital projects that will strengthen our community.”

The winning projects were:

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Technology Upgrade at Medgar Evers College Preparatory School – $250,000
Funding for 8 classroom sets and 35 smart boards which would “provide students with the necessary technology tools for a better education”

Building Safety for P.S. 20/Academy of Arts & Letters – $250,000
School construction upgrades including water filtration, AC/heating, doors, gym safety padding, and plumbing “to create a safer environment”

Electric Upgrade for Clinton Hill Library – $150,000
Electrical upgrades that would “improve space efficiency for the use of technology” at the Clinton Hill Library

Technology Upgrade for Ebbets Field Middle School – $175,000
Funding for 160 new laptops to “replace outdated ones, and serve growing population of students”

Refurbish P.S. 9’s Auditorium – $250,000
Installing new lighting, sound system, paint job, curtains, chairs and stage floor in the auditorium.

Five of the seven proposed projects received funding from voters, who were less enthused by upgrading the auditoriums at either M.S. 113 or P.S. 705. Maybe next cycle…

The projects were selected based on the votes of 4,478 constituents in District 35. Of course, at the last census, roughly 86,000 people were eligible to vote on participatory budgeting in District 35, which means even though turnout was up, something around 5% of the eligible voters actually bothered.

With $1,000,000 of funding on the line for each district, each vote in District 35 was essentially worth $223. Not bad for spending a little of your day all the polls!

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Get Out and Vote: Participatory Budgeting Vote Week Ends  Sunday, April 15! 

The end of Participatory Budgeting Vote Week is almost here. The response so far has been great and there’s still a chance to vote.
You can see where to vote and which projects are on the ballot by clicking here: https://on.nyc.gov/2G3qnPs
You can make sure you live in my district by clicking here: https://on.nyc.gov/2u5MCAS, and typing in your address.
If you can’t make it to a poll site, you can vote on line by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2ICH4lC.
Any resident of district 35 age 11 (or in the 6th grade) and older can vote – even if you’re not a registered voter.  Don’t miss out on your opportunity to be among the legion of residents who want to have a say in making our community better.
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4/1 deadline: Brooklyn Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Scholarship Awards for Graduating Seniors

Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is the premier African-American family organization founded in 1938 to provide children with educational and cultural opportunities needed to enrich and strengthen their character and personal commitment toward the betterment of their communities. One of the objectives of the Brooklyn Chapter is to assist youth in the Brooklyn/Staten Island community through chapter programs aimed at increasing academic success and educational opportunities. You may visit our website at: http://brooklyn.jackandjillonline.org.

The Brooklyn Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is offering two $5,000 awards ($1,250 annual award over four years) to African-American students. The Gwendolyn Bourne Scholarship will be awarded to high scholastic students and the Karen Marshe Scholarship will be awarded to high achieving or talented students. The applicant must:
• Be a graduating high school senior who attends a Brooklyn or Staten Island high school
• Reside in Brooklyn or Staten Island
• Have applied for college admission
• Have demonstrated exemplary achievement in the areas of leadership and service in the community
• Maintain good academic standing (B/3.0 average or better) while attending a four-year
college full-time

Students wishing to apply for the Brooklyn Chapter’s scholarship awards must complete the enclosed (Scholarship Application Web Package), which is to be accompanied by (1) a counselor recommendation, (2) an official transcript, (3) a typed personal statement, and (4) proof of community service hours, if applicable. This material must be postmarked by April 1, 2018 and mailed to:

Mrs. Chrystal Stokes Williams
Brooklyn Chapter, Jack and Jill of America
1367 Union Street
Brooklyn, New York 11213

Awardees and his/her College Advisor will be notified upon selection. Your cooperation in nominating candidates for this locally based award is very much appreciated. Please email JandJBrooklynScholarship2018@gmail.com or call 917-586-7591 with any questions.

3/30 deadline: Apply for Pre-K

The deadline to submit your pre-K application is quickly approaching! Make sure you apply to free, full-day, high-quality pre-K by March 30, 2018! All NYC children born in 2014 who apply by the deadline are guaranteed a pre-K offer.

All you need for the application is your child’s name and date of birth, your contact information, and your list of up to 12 pre-K programs. Use Pre-K Finder or the Pre-K Directory to choose programs and rank them in your true order of preference on the application.

Apply by the March 30 deadline one of three ways:

Remember, the application is not first come, first served, but the deadline is coming up fast! If you already submitted your application, you’re all set—but you can still make changes to it before the deadline, if you’d like. Call us at 718-935-2009 or visit Pre-K Admissions if you have any questions.

3/20 Event: CEC13 & CEC15 for a Meeting on State Testing

state.PNGPlease join Community Education Councils 13 and 15 for a meeting to discuss State Testing. The meeting will include a discussion of the history behind the standardized test, why they remain a part of the elementary school process, and how the data from the tests are used. There will also be a discussion on the alternatives to the test.

3/20 Event: Middle School Open House in Bedford-Stuyvesant

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