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Funding for 160 new laptops to “replace outdated ones, and serve growing population of students”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!

“Brooklyn In The Summer” Music Video Scheduled to Film in District 35

On Thursday, April 19, a music video for “Brooklyn In The Summer” is scheduled to film scenes at the following locations.

District 35 Movie Location


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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Thank you for your response so far to Participatory Budgeting (PB) Vote Week. You’ve been terrific. The cycle ends on April 15 so there’s still more time to vote. If you can’t make it to a site, you can vote on line by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2ICH4lC

Any resident of my district age 11 (or in the 6th grade) and older can vote – even if you are not a registered voter. All you need is an ID (license, passport, IDNYC), a utility bill, or some other document stating your name and address.

So get out and vote! And thanks for you continued partnership.

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