Over the past months, district residents have attended brainstorming sessions hosted by Councilman David Greenfield, during which they developed ideas and projects to spend $1 million, in an initiative known as “participatory budgeting.”
Voting on which community projects to fund will be held from March 30 through April 7 at local libraries and community board offices. Voting is open to all district residents aged 16 and older, regardless of immigration status or whether they are registered to vote.
“This year’s ballot will include some great and unique ideas brainstormed by our neighbors,” Greenfield said. This is the second year the Brooklyn Democrat has brought Participatory Budgeting to his constituents, with more than 1,600 residents voting last year.
Residents are invited make their voices heard by voting at Greenfield’s Boro Park office (4424 16th Avenue); CB 12 (5910 13th Avenue); CB 11, 2214 Bath Avenue); Midwood Development Corp. (1416 Avenue M, Suite 201); and the Boro Park JCC (4912 14th Avenue). Voting will also be held during regular business hours at the four Brooklyn Public Library locations serving the district
Residents will need ID that shows they live in the 44th Council District in order to cast their vote.
After the voting is completed, the top project in each neighborhood — Boro Park, Midwood and Bensonhurst — will be funded and implemented by the relevant city agencies over the next year.