The participatory budgeting process has begun again!
Residents of District 33 can help decide how to spend $1 million on public projects on local parks, schools or libraries.
Last year, schools were the big winner, making up four of the six projects that received funding. In last year’s cycle, 3,769 residents voted.
The winning prizes included $218,000 for a STEAM lab at PS 31, new electrical for air conditioning at PS 110, and other upgrades at MS 8, PS 231 and PS 369.
The process begins anew with local neighborhood assemblies, where residents brainstorm and share ideas for projects. Volunteers then break into groups and transform ideas into fully-formed project proposals with details and costs.
Voting will be this spring, both online and at sites across the district. The top projects are funded up to $1 million.
Here’s the remaining schedule for this cycle’s neighborhood assemblies:
Wednesday, September 20, 6:30 p.m. – Bushwick Inlet Park Headquarters, 86 Kent Avenue
Tuesday, September 26, 7 p.m. – St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street
Wednesday, September 27, 6:30 p.m. – Polish/Slavic Center, 176 Java Street.
Join us to celebrate the second season of our green roof and community engagement space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Visitors will explore three flourishing green roofs that have been planted with a mix of indigenous grasses and wildflowers native to the New York landscape, and community organizations will be tabling and running activities to engage families and children. The festival offers access for Brooklyn residents to learn about environmental initiatives while exploring green infrastructure dedicated to native plants and birds.
❁ Tours of green roofs with wildlife and plant experts
❁ Interactive activities for kids and families
❁ Music, food, and beer from local breweries
❁ Partner community organizations discussing local conservation projects
❁ Panoramic views of Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens
Councilman Antonio Reynoso coasted to victory last night in the Democratic primary for City Council.
Seeking a second term, Reynoso, who represents Williamsburg, East Williamsburg, Bushwick and parts of Ridgewood, Queens, collected 6,452 votes, or 64 percent of the total vote, according to the Board of Elections.
His Democratic challenger, district leader and educator Tommy Torres, got 3,527 votes, or 35 percent.
In a district dominated by Democrats, Reynoso will likely retain his seat after November’s general election.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Councilman Antonio Reynoso are hosting a town hall at the Williamsburg Community Center on Wednesday, August 30.
Doors open at 6 p.m., and the event begins at 7 p.m.
Co-sponsors of the town hall include El Puente, Los Sures, St. Nicks Alliance, Make the Road, Churches United for Fair Housing (CUFFH), Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A and Grand Street Settlement.
It’s a perfect opportunity to ask the mayor or his agency commissioners about a number of local issues, including the controversial Pfizer development sites and affordable housing opportunities for Williamsburg, Bushwick and Greenpoint.
Though progress has sometimes been slow — and there is much more to do in this much less hopeful time — the many constituents, colleagues, and staff with whom I’ve partnered have kept that enthusiasm, and pride in public service, alive.
Together, we’ve secured millions for public housing, storm resiliency, and waterfront parks. We’ve won a Lunar New Year school holiday, and a more equitable parks system. We’ve fought to hold Albany accountable, cut through red tape, advocated for subways, and tried (and tried, and tried) to fix a corrupt campaign finance system. I’ve been grateful for every chance to support a local school, make an intersection safer, or stand up to a bad landlord.
Squadron’s resignation will not impact the power balance in the Senate currently, which is under GOP leadership. The seat will be filled during the November election.
District 26 encompasses parts of: Brooklyn Heights, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, the Columbia Waterfront, DUMBO, Downtown Brooklyn, Fulton Ferry, Greenpoint, the Navy Yard, Vinegar Hill, and Williamsburg, and the Manhattan neighborhoods of Battery Park City, Chinatown, the East and South Villages, the Financial District, Little Italy, the Lower East Side, SoHo, and Tribeca.