It’s time to vote on Participatory Budgeting projects for 2017!

Participatory Budgeting allows community members to help the government spend $1 million to fund neighborhood projects in participating districts.Uptown City Council Districts 7, 8 and 10 —  which span Morningside Heights, West Harlem, East Harlem, and Inwood — are offering this exciting option for its residents.

“Participatory budgeting engages all New Yorkers in the governing process by giving them the tools to decide what improvements they’d like to see in their neighborhood. Many of the creative project proposals on the ballot would not have come to light without input from the community. I’m proud to offer District 7 residents the opportunity to directly decide what they’d like to see funded by their own tax dollars, Councilman Mark Levine said in a statement.


This year, residents can vote 11 on different projects which address community needs such as housing and school improvements, installing bus pads, and upgrading neighborhood parks. Any community members can vote in this process, including teens, seniors, undocumented immigrants, and those not registered to vote. The full list of projects includes:

  1. PS125 Courtyard / Playground Upgrade
  2. Real-Time Automated Bus Schedules at Four Bus Stops along Amsterdam Avenue
  3. Illuminate Cherry Walk on Hudson River Greenway, Henry Hudson Parkway South
  4. PS125 Cafeteria Upgrade
  5. PS/MS165 Playground Renovation
  6. M195 Restroom Renovation/Upgrade
  7. Security Cameras at St. Mary’s Nursing Home
  8. Douglass Housing Exterior Lighting & Grounds Work
  9. Grant Houses’ Ground & Pavement Repair
  10. Manhattanville Housing Outdoor Terrace Lighting
  11. Riverstone Senior Center Exterior Lighting Upgrade

Voters can cast their ballots at four different sites within Council District 7:

  • Levine’s District Office at 500 West 141st St.: March 27-31, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Hamilton Grange Library at 518 West 145th St.: March 27-April 1, 2-4 p.m.
  • George Bruce Library at 518 West 125th St.: March 27 – 30, 3-5pm and March 31-April 1, 2-4 p.m.
  • Bloomingdale Library at 150 West 100th St.: March 27-April 1, 3-5 p.m.

Visit the website to view a map and find out more.  

Watch this video to learn more about PB and how it works:

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