City Council District 5 - The People's Budget
Participate in City Council District 5's participatory budgeting
What is Participatory Budgeting?
Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a democratic process where community members decide how to spend part of a public budget. PB gives communities real power over real money.
PB started in Porto Alegre, Brazil as an anti-poverty measure, and has since spread to over 7,000 cities around the world. PB has been used to spend state, county, and city budgets, as well as those of schools, housing authorities, and other public institutions.
PBNYC voting is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated in PBNYC Cycle 11 by suggesting ideas, commenting on projects, volunteering, and voting. Both online and in-person votes are now being counted. Please check back soon for the results!
About this process
This process belongs to PBNYC : The People's Budget
Welcome to the PBNYC page for City Council District 5! D5 covers the Manhattan neighborhoods of Upper East Side's Yorkville, Lenox Hill, Carnegie Hill, Roosevelt Island, Midtown East, Sutton Place, El Barrio in East Harlem and is represented by Council Member Julie Menin.
For more information, you can sign up for Council Member Julie Menin's newsletter here: https://nyc.us14.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=2c9cf03814d52dfc21a5a97cd&id=98606dfac1
Residents in each participating City Council district can decide how to spend capital discretionary funding.
For Capital funds, this will mean that $1 million of the Council Member's discretionary budget allocation can be used for physical infrastructure projects that benefit the public, cost at least $50,000, and have a lifespan of at least 5 years. For example, projects such as local improvements to schools, parks, libraries, housing, and other public spaces can be funded. Initial idea suggestions are submitted by residents, ideas are vetted, refined, and matched to agencies or organizations by PB volunteers, and a ballot is created and voted on by residents of District 5.
Council Members then submit projects receiving the most votes to be allocated in the budget at adoption in June for the following fiscal year. The projects are then implemented by City agencies.