Participatory Budgeting

What is Participatory Budgeting?

Participatory budgeting (PB) is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. In other words, the people who pay taxes decide how tax dollars get spent. Participatory budgeting is grassroots democracy at its best. It helps make budget decisions clear and accessible. It gives real power to people who have never before been involved in the political process. And it results in better budget decisions - because who better knows the needs of our community than the people who live there?

In 2011, four New York City Council Members launched a PB process to let residents allocate part of their capital discretionary funds. This year, twenty-eight Council Members are participating in the process, giving the community real decision-making power over almost $30 million in taxpayer money.

The Brazilian city of Porto Alegre started the first full PB process in 1989, for its municipal budget. Since then, PB has spread to more than 1,500 cities around the world. Its usually used for city budgets, but states, counties, schools, universities, housing authorities, and coalitions of community groups have also used PB to open up spending decisions to the people.

How does it work?

PB lets the whole community participate in decision-making. It’s a yearlong process of public meetings, to make sure that people have the time and resources to make wise decisions. Community members discuss local needs and develop proposals to meet these needs. Through a public vote, residents then decide which proposals to fund.

For more information on participatory budgeting and how it has worked elsewhere, visit the website of The Participatory Budgeting Project

What Kind of Projects can be Funded?

Discretionary funds are money that the City Council Member allocates. There are two types of discretionary funds. Expense funds are used to pay for salaries and services. Capital funds are used to pay for physical infrastructure - for “bricks and mortar” projects.

For the time being, PBNYC only deals with CAPITAL money. That means community members can propose projects like improvements to schools, parks, libraries, public housing, and other public or community spaces.

What happens when?

Neighborhood Canvassing: July - August

Volunteers go to street fairs, parks and community meetings throughout the district to hear from about the community's needs.

Neighborhood Assemblies: September

At public meetings in each district, community members learn about PB and discuss their community’s needs. They then brainstorm project ideas and volunteer to be budget delegates.

Delegate Orientations: October

Volunteer budget delegates learn about the budget process, project development, and key spending areas, then form committees.

Delegate Meetings: October - January

Delegates meet in committees to transform the community’s initial project ideas into full proposals, with support from Council Member staff and other experts.

Community Voting: March

Residents vote on which projects to fund at voting sites throughout the district.

Implementation & Monitoring: April onwards

The Council Members submit their spending priorities to the City Council’s Finance Division, including the winning PB projects, for inclusion in the City budget. Community members evaluate the process, and oversee the implementation of projects. Research and Evaluation happens throughout these stages, to improve the process for next year.

To learn more about participatory budgeting or the budget delegate process, please contact Sushant Harite at 212-860-1950 or SHariteatBenKallos [dot] com

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Propose A Project

What Kind of Projects Can Be Proposed?

Participatory budgeting focuses on Capital projects.

Capital funds are used to pay for physical infrastructure - for “bricks and mortar” projects. For the time being, Participatory Budgeting only deals with Capital money. That means community members can propose projects like improvements to schools, parks, libraries, public housing, and other public or community spaces.

Project submissions are only open over the Summer and Fall as volunteers from the community who particpate as Delegates will be spending the Winter turning your proposals into projects for the ballot.

The deadline for submission is October 4, 2016.

Please provide your street address and zipcode.
Participation as budget delegates is limited to residents of the district.

You must be 14 or older in order to vote.

The project must qualify as:
1) physical infrastructure,
2) having a useful life of at least five years
3) and cost between $35,000 and $1,000,000.

The project must be on public property.

Become A Delegate

Are you interested in joining the participatory budgeting process or becoming a budget delegate? Sign up below! All 14+ residents of District 5 are eligible.
(Learn more about Participatory Budgeting at http://BenKallos.com/PB)

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Project Expos

Pledge to vote and learn more about the projects and meet the budget delegates who have helped in the process!

 

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Projects on the Ballot

Decide how to spend one million of your tax dollars in your neighborhood.

Vote for up to 5 projects.

EDUCATION

1. JREC Auditorium Renovation
317 East 67th Street ($750,000)
Julia Richman Education Complex auditorium renovation.

2. PS 183 Green Science and STEM Lab Classroom
419 East 66th Street ($600,000)
Hydroponic laboratory for a classroom to improve STEM curriculum and enhance green initiatives for the community.

3. Eleanor Roosevelt H.S. Auditorium Renovation
411 East 76th Street ($750,000)
Extend stage, fix sound and lighting system, replace seats and floor to improve view, capacity, and support athletics.

4. PS 198/77 Playground Renovation
1700 Third Avenue ($500,000)
Provide resurfacing and equipment for play area servicing two public elementary schools, and remove diseased tree.

5. PS 77 Music Room Renovation
1700 Third Avenue ($500,000)
Soundproof room with new flooring to limit disturbing adjacent instruction. Add instrument storage and replace sink.

HOUSING

6. Lexington Houses Layered Access
Lexington Ave. between E. 98th & 99th Streets ($500,000)
Add key fob electronic entry system for lobbies of Lexington Houses.

7. Lexington Houses West Playground Renovation
Lexington Ave. between E. 98th & 99th Streets ($500,000)
New equipment for west playground.

8. Stanley Isaacs Layered Access
East 93rd Street & First Avenue ($500,000)
Add key fob electronic entry system for lobbies of Stanley Isaacs.

9. Security Cameras for Holmes Towers
East 93rd Street & First Avenue ($500,000)
Add new security cameras for increased safety for residents of Holmes Towers.
 

PARKS AND RECREATION

10. Irrigate the Esplanade
East River Esplanade ($1,000,000)
Irrigation for the East River Esplanade from 90th to 96th Street to water trees and vegetation.

TRANSPORTATION

11. Bus Clocks for Northbound M15 & M31
First and York Avenues ($350,000)
Add northbound bus clocks to M15 & M31 in District 5 to display wait for next bus (adds to bus clocks funded in 2014).

Download the sample ballot as a PDF.

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Voting Dates and Locations

Each year residents in my district ages 14 and older get to vote on how to spend one million dollars in the community through Participatory Budgeting. You can see the ballot at BenKallos.com/pb/ballot, which was decided with the process is run by residents just like you who volunteer as Delegates. Learn more at BenKallos.com/PB

VOTING: MARCH 25 – APRIL 2

Vote in our District Office, 244 E. 93rd Street:
Monday – Friday, 3/27 - 3/31, 9AM - 5PM
Sunday, 4/2, 11AM – 4PM

We will also make voting more convenient by bringing the ballots closer to you at mobile voting sites throughout the district with help from this cycle’s budget delegates who will be sponsoring even more vote sites as they continue to shepherd the process. We hope you will consider volunteering with our office:

MOBILE POLL SITES
Saturday, 3/25, 10AM – 2PM, E. 82nd St. Greenmarket
Sunday, 3/26, 10AM – 2PM, Carl Schurz Park
Monday, 3/27, 7AM – 10AM, P.S. 198/77, 1700 Third Ave.
4PM – 7PM, E. 86th St. Lexington Subway (Southeast Corner)
Tuesday, 3/28, 7AM – 10AM, M79 Bus at York Ave.
4PM – 7PM, E. 72nd St. Second Ave. Subway (Southeast Corner)
Wednesday, 3/29, 7AM – 10AM, P.S. 183, 419 E. 66th St.
4PM – 7PM, Tramway Plaza at E. 59th St.
Thursday, 3/30, 7AM - 10AM, M86 Bus at York Ave.
11AM – 2PM, Eleanor Roosevelt H.S., 411 E. 76th St.
4PM – 7PM, F train at Roosevelt Island
Friday, 3/31, 7AM – 10AM, E. 86th St. 2nd Ave. Subway
Saturday, 4/1, 10AM – 2PM, E. 67th St. Greenmarket

Pledge to Votehttp://benkallos.com/pb/pledge
Request an Absentee Ballot by Friday, March 17: http://benkallos.com/pb/absentee
Vote Online by Digital Ballot from Saturday, March 25 to Friday, March 31: http://benkallos.com/pb/digital

Can I Vote?

To vote, you must be at least 14 years old and live within Council District 5.

In order to vote, you'll need documents proving your name, current address and age.

These may include:

  • A document with name and current address from a local, state, or US government agency such as IDNYC, a state driver’s license or non-driver ID, consular ID, passport, EBT card, military ID card
  • Voter registration card
  • Utility, medical, credit card bill with name and current address
  • Current lease
  • Paycheck or paycheck stub from an employer or a W-2 statement
  • Bank statement or bank-issued credit card statement
  • Student ID
  • Employee ID
  • Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) or other Immigration Documentation
  • Residency Letter or Identification issued by a homeless shelter, halfway house, etc
  • Passport or other ID issued by a foreign government
  • Social Security Card or Social Security benefit statements or check
  • Employment Authorization Document
  • Medicare or other insurance document with address
  • Tax forms
  • School records (or naming the parents of children attending school and the parents’ address
  • Title to any property (automobiles, house, etc.) with address
  • Birth or marriage certificate
  • Union Membership Card

Individuals who cannot present the above documents should contact their Council Member’s office to discuss how they can participate.

Pledge to Vote

Participatory budgeting empowers you to decide how money gets spent in your neighborhood. Whether you’re passionate about green space, improving housing conditions or senior services, participatory budgeting allows you to champion your causes for the good of the community. Other Council Districts have piloted participatory budgeting with resounding success, and now I’m bringing it to our neighborhood. I have set aside a million dollars so you can vote on projects that are important to you.

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Absentee Ballot Request

Any resident of Council District 5, 14+ years of age, may vote.
Absentee Ballot Request Deadline: Friday, March 17
Absentee Ballot must be received no later than Saturday, April 1
(Please complete once for each member of your household)

Digital Voting

Any resident of Council District 5, 14+ years of age, may vote.
Each member of your household may vote once.

Digital Ballot Opens: Saturday, March 25
Digital Ballot Closes: Sunday, April 2

Vote Online Digitally at pbnyc2017.d21.me

Results

Results for 2014

  • District-wide Priorities: Senior Centers ($250,000): $250,000 additional funds for NYC’s seniors for a total of nearly a million dollars. This includes a new security system for senior public housing home Robbins Plaza, a new accessible door for Robbins Plaza and a large grant to Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, which serves seniors in need.
  • Bus Time: West Bound Crosstown Bus Stops ($300,000): Fifteen electronic signs will be installed along the M96, M86, M79 and M66 crosstown routes to tell riders when the next bus will arrive in real-time.
  • District-wide Priorities: Public Schools ($250,000):  $250,000 additional funds for NYC’s public schools, including more than a million dollars to fund science, technology, engineering and math education in schools, the sectors with the most promising job opportunities for young adults. The funding includes:
    • MS 114 East Side Middle School ($105,540): Purchase 128 laptops and 8 laptop carts.
    • PS 151 Yorkville Community School ($52,400): Classroom Laptops and Carts- 30 Laptops and a cart per class
    • PS 158 Bayard Taylor School ($117,627): Replace 144 ibooks in 4 carts of 36 each that are now past useful life and cannot run current software. Purchase 144 Lenovo X131E laptops (longer useful life of 6-10 years), divided into 9 carts of 16 laptops each. 
    • PS 217 The Roosevelt Island School ($225,000): Technology update to further support the STEM programs that will be incorporated into the curriculum. Need of updated Active Boards, computers, laptops, smart devices including tablets, iPads, chrome books, and document cameras.
    •  PS 290 -The Manhattan New School ($40,000): One laptop cart
    • PS 183 - Robert Louis Stevenson School ($104,305): 4 Mobile Laptop Computer Storage Carts and Mac Server
    • MS 167 – Robert Wagner School ($150,000): Science lab upgrade for 8th grade classroom
    • Manhattan International High School ($164,632 ): 30 laptop computers and cart for each of 4 teams of teachers (120 laptops and 4 carts). 
    • PS 183 Robert Louis Stevenson School ($115,349): 4 mobile carts for K-2 classrooms, 1 Macbook Pro per classroom (13 total), 1 server.

But the money set aside for participatory budgeting was not sufficient to fund the great projects that you selected in our neighborhood. Discretionary funds were allocated to other top vote-getters on the ballot, including:

  • Bus Time: M31 Downtown & Crosstown Timers ($340,000): Downtown buses to receive bus clocks.
  • Cleaner Parks: Maintenance Machine ($65,000): A “tool cat” multi-purpose vehicle to help keep parks clean through tough weather conditions.
  • A Safer Library: Replace 67th Street Library Branch Security System($40,000): The old CCTV security system updated with a full turn-key security system.
  • A Greener Stanley Isaacs & Holmes Towers: New Gardens ($150,000): Old planting throughout the residence replaced with fresh, vibrant gardens.
  • Lexington Houses: New Fridges & Stoves ($430,000): Out of date fridges and stoves for Lexington Houses residents replaced (4 buildings with 448 apartments).

Results for 2015

Thank you for voting in participatory budgeting! Over the course of 10 days, 2,140 of you turned out to vote a total for a total of 6,963 votes. I am pleased to announce the top vote getters for the $1,000,000 were green roofs for PS/IS 217 and PS 151. Both projects will cost more than the $500,000 that each won this year and are likely to be back on the ballot next year or until they are fully funded.

So that you can learn more and better organize for next year, we are releasing the total votes for each project as well as paper ballot results by project and poll site. Wherever a project was tied to a physical location, we did our best to bring at least one poll site to that location. You can see the more detailed results below or download the Excel Spreadsheet or the Open Document Format Spreadsheet which can be viewed and edited for free using LibreOffice.

Learn more about Participatory Budgeting and if you are interested in becoming a Participatory Budgeting Delegate next year or simply becoming more engaged in the process, please contact 212-860-1950 or bkallosatbenkallos [dot] com.

Congratulations to the winners and all who participated. Profiles of our winners--and how they successfully mobilized the community--are below:

 

PS/IS 217

PS/IS 217, a unique international school on Roosevelt Island serving pre-k through eighth grade, wanted additional outdoor space and an educational green roof for their 543 students. Roosevelt Island is a tight-knit and highly-engaged community, so they mobilized together. 

The PS/IS 217 PTA, Girl Scouts troops 3001 and 3244, Roosevelt Island Garden Club, Roosevelt Island Parents' Network and Sharon Bermon from the NYPL Roosevelt Island Branch were just a few of the community members who came together to support the students.

Principal Mandana Beckman acknowledged the community efforts, saying " It truly does take a village and we have a great one here on Roosevelt Island.The Principal explained:

"Our PTA co-presidents used the 217 PTA website parent blog to deliver frequent messages about the project and the voting process.  Flyers, memos, even bookmarks were printed as reminders and sources of information.  The Main Street Wire and the Roosevelt Islander blog, featured several articles on the Green Roof and voting information. RI Residents Association (RIRA) discussed the process and the project in their regular news Wire column.  Nearly every business, club, group or organization, participated in spreading the word about the project and the opportunity to vote.  Flyers were also published and distributed on the Upper East Side and Midtown East to explain and support this project on New York’s other Island.  RI’s Earth Day Celebration drew in a large voting crowd on one of the ballot days. City Council Member Ben Kallos and his teams came out to the Island to meet with the community to talk about the project and encourage voters to participate."

"217PTA was thrilled to have the opportunity to engage our parents and students in Council member Ben Kallos’ Participatory Budget process," said PTA co-presidents Olga Shchuchinov and Natalia Starkova.

"The green roof will serve as a great educational resource for the community." Ali Schwayri, President of the Roosevelt Island Garden Club, said, "We believe in the benefits of the Green Roof for our community, and I speak for secretary, Julia Ferguson, and the entire membership, when I say we all look forward to sharing our expertise and passion."

Eva Bosbach, the Founder of the Roosevelt Island Parents' Network, and Jeff Escobar, President of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association both also noted how excited they were to support the projects. Community member Sharon Bermon said, "Dozens of individuals and organizations worked together to increase awareness of the Participatory Balloting process and to convince people to take the time to vote."

Local girl scouts on the Island also poured their energy into the project. Their troop leaders, Janine Schaefer of troup 3244 and Aiesha Eleusizov, leader of troup 3001, said:

"Girl Scout Troops 3001 and 3244 dedicated countless hours at the subway, in front of the school, at our community's Earth Day event and simply walking down the street passing out bookmarks about the community projects, meeting with constituents at our local Expo, drawing pictures about the Green Roof, making and posting on social media a YouTube video to encourage voting, and simply spreading the word to encourage Roosevelt Island residents to exercise their right to vote for the Green Roof project at PS/IS 217...This has been an excellent opportunity for our youth to learn first hand the power of the vote, the community and working hard to achieve your dreams."

Council Member Kallos did multiple mobile sessions on Roosevelt Island, as he did at dozens of locations across the district.

Congratulations, PS/IS 217!

 

PS 151

PS 151, or the Yorkville Community School, is a K-5 school that opened its doors in 2009 and now has around 500 students. The children were crunched for space to play, move, and enjoy the outdoors. Parent leaders, along with Principal Samantha Kaplan, became involved in the participatory budgeting process to gain the funds for the school green roof.

PTA Co-Presidents Nesli Ciner and Michael Rawlings, along with other parent leaders, got involved.

Council Member Kallos' office offered mobile sites to all locations with projects on the ballot--and PS 151 scheduled one. This mobile voting location was the most well-attended of all the mobile sites, thanks to the hard work of community activists, volunteers and students who peppered their

neighbors' doors with material advertising the vote.

Principal Samantha Kaplan said:

"This multi-step process began with me presenting my YCS roof top recreational space project plan to Council Member Kallos, as well as the PTA Executive Board. From there, three members of the Exec. board took the reigns and ensured that our school's project plan was present at all Participatory Budget Expos, as well as sharing with the larger community through varied messaging. This team effort helped to educate our community in regards to the specific needs this project would fulfill for our school and how their voice mattered through the process. The Participatory Budget allocation will now be combined with Capital funding we have received in the past, to begin planning for our new educational/recreational roof top space."

She stated that the school was extremely excited to have participatory budgeting through a strong show of neighborhood support.

"Yorkville Community School is ecstatic to have won the Participatory Budget Vote. Thanks to the  community support, ourstudents will now be able to enjoy a much needed outdoor play space and educational garden. I would also like to thank Council Member Kallos for providing the opportunity to engage in this community centered process."

Both green roof winners acknowledged that this was the beginning of a multi-year funding process that they were excited to embark upon. Council Member Kallos' office looks forward to working with them to make the green roofs a reality.

 

Results

Download the Excel Spreadsheet or the Open Document Format Spreadsheet which can be viewed and edited for free using LibreOffice.

Digital and Paper Ballots

Ballot #Paper VotesDigital VotesTotal VotesProject Name
1354127481Cool Reading
214395238Bright Minds
3364377741Study of Sight and Sound
4618136754Rooftop Recreation for PS 151
5453392845Green Roof for PS/IS 217
6348124472School Stage for Eleanor Roosevelt High
7231118349School's Cool for PS198/PS 77
8256140396STEM Education for High School
9182101283Security Cameras for Holmes Towers
10378106484Security Cameras for Lexington Houses
11195107302Community Garden for Lexington Houses
1215287239Full Court Press
13215121336Irrigate the Esplanade
14311160471Esplanade Greenway
1511897215Fun Fountain at St. Catherine's Park
16247110357Bus Bulbs on E86th St
Total Votes4,5652,3986,963 
Total Ballots1,4207202,140 

Paper Ballots by Poll Site

Ballot ItemsDOCarl Schurz ParkEleanor Roosevelt
HS
John Jay ParkLenox HillLexington Houses67th Street NYPLPS 151PS/IS 217R.I. NYPLR.I. Senior CenterR.I. Visitor CenterR.I.St. Cath. ParkStanley IsaacsWebster NYPL 
169392174 8751121068 2174Cool Reading
2295453114327 9274318Bright Minds
32195331 2151121066057 510Study of Sight and Sound
476571173 33531221561523226Rooftop Recreation for PS 151
52912642 43378131026684299Green Roof for PS/IS 217
6475113191 6286 14 631235School Stage for Eleanor Roosevelt High
791158942 327212794229School's Cool for PS198/PS 77
86027147513409222171031621STEM Education for High School
9411881147346210129 1317Security Cameras for Holmes Towers
10723915251413212473 6925Security Cameras for Lexington Houses
11531691531413255523411Community Garden for Lexington Houses
124510692 729417234619Full Court Press
13633074 18235 741121833Irrigate the Esplanade
14864615522952711511721735Esplanade Greenway
15266722 714617849812Fun Fountain at St. Catherine's Park
1656151232136071114623728Bus Bulbs on E86th St
Total Votes864 39527978441784999  22043356217244  39322382 
Total Ballots231 94137199418367 7916112698697598 
Votes Per Ballot3.74.22.04.14.94.34.72.72.82.73.23.12.84.34.33.9 

Additional funding decisions will be made by July, and you are encouraged to check back then.

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Results for 2016

Nearly 2,000 Upper East Side residents 14 and over turned out in person or online to vote on how to spend $1 million in tax dollars to improve the community as part of “Participatory Budgeting.” Residents were able to vote in the district office 7 days a week as well as at 17 mobile “pop-up” voting locations, by absentee and even online. This is the third year of Participatory Budgeting and the results were:

  • $500,000 – 802 votes – Green Roof at P.S. 290  the Manhattan New School (MNS)
  • $350,000 – 768 votes – Laptop Carts for 10 schools on the Upper East Side P.S. 77, P.S 198, P.S 290, P.S/I.S 217, M. 225, Eleanor Roosevelt, Urban Academy, Vanguard, Manhattan International and Life Sciences serving over 5,000 students.

The $500,000 for P.S. 290 adds to $1 million previously allocated by Council Member Kallos for a green roof at the location, where the project cost is estimated at $2.8 million. This allocation brings the school to the half-way point during Kallos’ third year in office.
 
This is the second year that STEM investments like laptop carts topped Participatory Budgeting, with a previous win in the first year for $250,000 to be distributed to schools throughout the district. This brings the total investment by Council Member Kallos in “STEM schools” to $2 million.
 
The third highest vote getter, which exceeded the $1 million for Participatory budgeting was:

  • $500,000 – 751 votes – Green Roof at P.S/I.S. 217

Due to the strong showing of support for Green Roofs two years in a row, Council Member Kallos will allocate the full $500,000 for the Green Roof at P.S./I.S. 217, which combines with his previous allocation of $500,000 and a minimum of $250,000 from Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. The project will begin scoping. 
“Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) continue to be where residents are voting to invest their tax dollars to prepare our children for the future,” said Council Member Ben Kallos. “Thank you to Participatory Budgeting Delegates for leading the process as well as residents 14 and over for voting.”
 
“I’m delighted that Councilmember Kallos will continue to join in supporting the Green Roof at P.S./I.S. 217," said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “Urban agriculture is a fresh approach to education and this funding will help sustain that approach."
 
“Thank you to Ben Kallos for working so closely with our school community to secure the funding needed for us to finally move forward with our dream of a rooftop science center and play space.   I am very excited that our students will have a chance to explore nature and play in the sunshine on the rooftop of their school in the heart of New York City,” saidDoreen Esposito Principal at P.S. 290 Manhattan New School.

"Thank you to all of the supporters from our community and the city for voting for the PS/IS 217 STEM Green Room. This Green Roof will further enhance the learning opportunities for the students and families of PS/IS 217 and the residents of Roosevelt Island," said Mandana Beckman Principal at PS/IS 217. 

"Each year we expand our STEM enrichment programming,” said 217PTA ­President,Olga Shchuchinov. “So this deep support from the city, combined with the Participatory Budget funding, allows us to move forward and design our 21st century teaching hub on the roof."
 
Council Member Ben Kallos is one of eight Council Members to adopt Participatory Budgeting in 2014, which has since grown to 28 Council Districts allocating nearly $32 million citywide. Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process where Council Members pledge to allocate their discretionary funds however residents 14 and over vote. These funds are capital and can only be used to pay for physical infrastructure projects proposed by community members called “Delegates” such as improvements to schools, parks, libraries, public housing, and other public or community spaces.

About the Winners: 

  • P.S. 290 The Manhattan New School (MNS) originally built in 1903 and relaunched in 1991 has 36 teachers and over 600 students comprised of children from many countries with over 20 different languages are spoken at home. The P.S. 290 PTA mobilized parents to vote by mail, online, and one morning for drop off where over one hundred parents waited in the rain for 5 - 10 minutes to vote.
  • P.S./I.S. 217 on Roosevelt Island serves Pre-k through eighth grade. The school wanted additional outdoor space and an educational green roof for their 543 students, so for the second year in a row P.S./I.S. 217 placed a green roof project on the ballot. Roosevelt Island is a tight-knit and highly-engaged community, so they mobilized together and succeeded in being one of the top vote getters. The P.S./I.S. 217 PTA, Girl Scouts troops 3001 and 3244, Roosevelt Island Garden Club, Roosevelt Island Parents' Network and Sharon Bermon from the NYPL Roosevelt Island Branch were just a few of the community members who came together to support the students.Principal Mandana Beckman managed to get the vote out and the money in.

Results for Other Projects on the Ballot:
694 - $225,000 - P.S. 290 Bathrooms
553 - $1,000,000 - Parks Greening for John Jay Park
479 - $350,000 - Library Modernization for Eleanor Roosevelt H.S.
466 - $700,000 - Lexington Houses East & West Playground
427 - $500,000 - Lexington Houses Security Upgrade
408 - $600,000 - Webster Library HVAC Improvements
389 - $350,000 - HVAC for P.S.198 and P.S.77
344 - $500,000 - Center at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Entrance
292 - $600,000 - 67th Street Library HVAC Improvements
282 - $250,000 - Renovate Auditorium for Eleanor Roosevelt H.S.
104 - $85,000 - Sound System at Julia Richman JREC Auditorium

Learn more about Participatory Budgeting at BenKallos.com/PB