Tax season has come and gone, and hopefully by now, your nasty W2’s and 1099’s have been neatly filed away until next year. While you are sitting pretty, dreaming of all the different ways to spend that refund check (or pay the IRS back), what if I told you there was a way to spend a million dollars of city tax money instead? You’d be excited, right?
Welcome to the wonderful world of Participatory Budgeting, where a cool $1 million dollars is placed into our delicate hands to help fund neighborhood projects within the City Council’s 33rd district.
Last year, over 2,000 of you casted your vote and roped in a whopping $1.6 million dollars for the 33rd! McGlorick Park Playground got a much needed makeover, the BOOKlyn Bus shuttle drove around inspiring kids to read, and even our fellow toxic hood Gowanus saw their community center, ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, get much need repairs.
It’s time to spread the love again, and if Greenpoint wants to get a slice of that million dollar pie, we need to put our mouths where the money is and vote for our favorite projects. Continue reading →
You have the next seven days to vote on how $1 million dollars should be invested in neighborhoods that include Greenpoint & Williamsburg. Projects include technology upgrades at PS31, restoration and beautification of the playground at PS34, a new dog run in East River State Park, district wide tree plantings and installation of tree guards for new trees on Kent and Nassau Ave.
You can choose up to 5 projects to vote on. This is a great chance to have a say in where public funding goes in our communities!
Monday, April 1 * Northside, The People’s Firehouse, 113 Berry St. at N 8th: 6-8pm
Tuesday, April 2 * Northside, The People’s Firehouse, 113 Berry St. at N 8th: 6-8pm
Wednesday, April 3 * Greenpoint, PS 34, 131 Norman Ave: 7:45-9:30am * Northside, The People’s Firehouse, 113 Berry St. at N 8th: 6-8pm
Thursday, April 4 * Northside, The People’s Firehouse, 113 Berry St. at N 8th: 6-8pm
Friday, April 5 * Greenpoint, PS 31, 75 Meserole Avenue: 7:30-9:30am * Williamsburg, Independence Towers Senior Center, 114 Taylor St: 10am-4:30pm
Saturday, April 6 * Greenpoint Public Library, 107 Norman Ave: 10am – 5pm * Northside, The People’s Firehouse, 113 Berry St. at N 8th: 6-8pm * Williamsburg, El Puente Community Center, 80 Clymer St: 10am-5pm
Sunday, April 7 * Williamsburg, Independence Towers Senior Center, 114 Taylor St: 10am-4:30pm * Northside, The People’s Firehouse, 113 Berry St. at N 8th: 6-8pm