Chances Abound for New Yorkers to Shape City Budget

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It’s only September, but ’tis never too early to start thinking about the next city budget. And increasingly in New York, that means it’s not too early to start talking about participatory budgeting. That’s the process that allows residents of some City Council districts to develop and vote on proposals for how to spend a portion of the capital funding that each Council member allocates every year. First tried in New York City in 2011 with four participating members, it will involve 27 of them in the next round.

Not everyone is convinced that participatory budgeting represents real progress toward a more inclusive democracy. The amount of money involved is relatively modest and the rules restrict the funding to one-time building and repair projects, not any ongoing programs. More important, the amount of time it takes to be fully invested in the process is considerable, favoring residents who have that kind of time to spend. In the end, decisions on the city’s 11-figure expense budget and multi-billion-dollar capital budget will mostly be made the old-fashioned way: by people we elect, behind closed doors.

Still, the $32 million spent via participatory budgeting in the current budget year is not exactly chump change. Below is a list of the members participating this year and a calendar of upcoming meeting dates. Those interested in learning more about the process, click here.

Participating Councilmembers

Andrew Cohen District 11 Bronx
Costa Constantinides District 22 Queens
Robert Cornegy District 36 Brooklyn
Laurie Cumbo District 35 Brooklyn
Elizabeth Crowley District 30 Queens
Mathieu Eugene District 40 Brooklyn
Julissa Ferreras District 21 Queens
David Greenfield District 44 Brooklyn
Corey Johnson District 3 Manhattan
Ben Kallos District 5 Manhattan
Karen Koslowitz District 29 Queens
Brad Lander District 39 Brooklyn
Steve Levin District 33 Brooklyn
Mark Levine District 7 Manhattan
Melissa Mark-Viverito District 8 Manhattan/Bronx
Carlos Menchaca District 38 Brooklyn
Daneek Miller District 27 Queens
Antonio Reynoso District 34 Brooklyn/Queens
Donovan Richards District 31 Queens
Ydanis Rodriguez District 10 Manhattan
Helen Rosenthal District 6 Manhattan
Ritchie Torres District 15 Bronx
Mark Treyger District 47 Brooklyn
Eric Ulrich District 32 Queens
Paul Vallone District 19 Queens
Jimmy Van Bramer District 26 Queens
Jumaane Williams District 45 Brooklyn

Upcoming Meeting Dates

Councilmember Date Time Place
Andrew Cohen (District 11, Bronx) 9/29/2015 7 p.m. Mosholu Montefiore Community Center, 3450 Dekalb Ave.
Julissa Ferreras (District 21, Queens) 9/29/2015 7:00 PM LeFrak Tenants 99-45 60th Ave, Corona, NY 11368
Mark Levine (District 7, Manhattan) 9/29/2015 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. Riverstone Senior Center
Jimmy Van Bramer (District 26, Queens) 9/29/2015 6-8pm Woodside Library, 54-22 Skillman Avenue, Woodside
Costa Constantinides (District 22, Queens) 9/30/2015 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. Astoria Houses Community Center 4-25 Astoria Blvd. Astoria, NY 11102
Robert Cornegy (District 36, Brooklyn) 9/30/2015 7 p.m. Greater St. Stephen UCOG, 874 Myrtle Ave., Brooklyn, NY 1120622
Elizabeth Crowley (District 30, Queens) 9/30/2015 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
Julissa Ferreras (District 21, Queens) 9/30/2015 6:30 PM East Elmhurst Library, 95-06 Astoria Blvd. East Elmhurst, NY 11369
Corey Johnson (District 3, Manhattan) 9/30/2015 6:30-8:30 pm Hudson Park Library, 66 Leroy Street
Brad Lander (District 39, Brooklyn) 9/30/2015 6:30-8:30 PM PS 118, 211 8th St (near 4th Ave)
I. Daneek Miller (District 27, Queens) 9/30/2015 6:30-8:30 PM New Greater Bethel Ministries 215-32 Jamaica Avenue Queens Village, NY 11428
Antonio Reynoso (District 34, Brooklyn/Queens) 9/30/2015 Cooper Park Community Center, 76 Kingsland Avenue
Antonio Reynoso (District 34, Brooklyn/Queens) 9/30/2015 6:30pm PS 123, 100 Irving Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Ydanis Rodriguez (District 10, Manhattan) 9/30/2015 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. Richard M. Ruzika Theater and Classroom at the Campbell Sports Center on 218th St. and Broadway
Corey Johnson (District 3, Manhattan) 10/1/2015 6:30-8:30 pm Fulton Center Auditorium, 119 Ninth Avenue (between 17th and 18th Streets)
Karen Koslowitz (District 29, Queens) 10/1/2015 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. Richmond Hill Library 118-14 Hillside Avenue, Richmond Hill, NY 11418
Donovan Richards (District 31, Queens) 10/1/2015 Beach 40th Street Community Center
Ydanis Rodriguez (District 10, Manhattan) 10/1/2015 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. Nagle Y at 54 Nagle Ave. (Between Broadway and Elwood)
Helen Rosenthal (District 6, Manhattan) 10/1/2015 6-8pm Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center, 250 West 65th Street (between West End Avenue and Amsterdam Avenue0
Jimmy Van Bramer (District 26, Queens) 10/1/2015 6-8pm Broadway Library, 40-20 Broadway, Long Island City
Jumaane D. Williams (District 45, Brooklyn) 10/1/2015 6:30pm – 8:00pm Flatbush YMCA, 1401 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210
Antonio Reynoso (District 34, Brooklyn/Queens) 10/3/2015 1:00 p.m. Williamsburg Community Center,195 Graham Avenue
Elizabeth Crowley (District 30, Queens) 10/5/2015 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Serbian Association of New York, 72-54 65th Pl., Ridgewood, NY 11385
Julissa Ferreras (District 21, Queens) 10/5/2015 7:00 PM Community Board 3 Community Board 3 Office 82-11 37th Avenue
Corey Johnson (District 3, Manhattan) 10/5/2015 6:30-8:30 pm New Dramatists, 424 West 44th Street
Melissa Mark-Viverito (District 8, Manhattan/Bronx) 10/5/2015 6 p.m. Woodycrest Center for Human Development 153 West 165th St. (between Ogden and Summit Avenues) Bronx NY 10452
Elizabeth Crowley (District 30, Queens) 10/6/2015 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. PS/IS 113, 35-01 Union St,Glendale, NY 11354
Corey Johnson (District 3, Manhattan) 10/6/2015 6:30-8:30 pm Elliot-Chelsea Community Center, 441 West 26th Street
Brad Lander (District 39, Brooklyn) 10/6/2015 6:30-8:30 PM PS 230 – Upper School, 1 Albemarle Rd (between Dahill Rd and McDonald Ave)
Melissa Mark-Viverito (District 8, Manhattan/Bronx) 10/6/2015 4 p.m. Betances Community Center 547 E. 146th St. Bronx NY 10455
Ydanis Rodriguez (District 10, Manhattan) 10/6/2015 6:00 – 8:00pm Fort Washington Library – 535 W 179th St, New York, NY 10033
Eric Ulrich (District 32, Queens) 10/6/2015 8:00 PM Our Neighbors Civic
Jimmy Van Bramer (District 26, Queens) 10/6/2015 6-8pm Sunnyside Library, 43-06 Greenpoint Avenue, Sunnyside
Elizabeth Crowley (District 30, Queens) 10/7/2015 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Oak Ridge in Forest Park, 1 Forest Park Dr, Woodhaven, NY 11421
Mathieu Eugene (District 40, Brooklyn) 10/7/2015 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 pm St. Paul’s Church – 157 St. Paul’s Pl. Brooklyn, NY 11226
Karen Koslowitz (District 29, Queens) 10/7/2015 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. PS 139, 93-06 63rd Drive, Rego Park, NY 11374
Melissa Mark-Viverito (District 8, Manhattan/Bronx) 10/7/2015 6 p.m. Mitchel Community Center – 210 Alexander Ave. Bronx NY 10454
Antonio Reynoso (District 34, Brooklyn/Queens) 10/7/2015 6:30pm Diana H. Jones Senior Center, 9 Noll Street, Brooklyn, NY
Helen Rosenthal (District 6, Manhattan) 10/7/2015 6-8pm Goddard-Riverside Community Center, 593 Columbus Avenue (between West 88th and 89th Streets)
Karen Koslowitz (District 29, Queens) 10/8/2015 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd, Forest Hills, NY 11375
Steve Levin (District 33, Brooklyn) 10/8/2015 5:00 p.m. Independence Community Center, 114 Taylor Street.
Antonio Reynoso (District 34, Brooklyn/Queens) 10/8/2015 6:30pm Learners and Leaders, 378 Seneca Avenue, Ridgewood, NY
Ydanis Rodriguez (District 10, Manhattan) 10/8/2015 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. Washington Heights Library, 1000 Saint Nicholas Ave, New York, NY 10032
Jimmy Van Bramer (District 26, Queens) 10/8/2015 6-8pm Long Island City Library, 37-44 21st Street, Long Island City
Antonio Reynoso (District 34, Brooklyn/Queens) 10/9/2015 1:00pm Roundtable Senior Center, 1175 Gates Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Carlos Menchaca (District 38, Brooklyn) 10/10/2015 10:30 am- 12pm Sunset Park Recreation Center, 7 Ave. at 43rd Street, Brooklyn, New York, 11232
Carlos Menchaca (District 38, Brooklyn) 10/11/2015 12:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH), 526 59th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220
Julissa Ferreras (District 21, Queens) 10/12/2015 6:30 PM Langston Hughes Community Library, 100-01 Northern Blvd. Corona, NY 11368
Ydanis Rodriguez (District 10, Manhattan) 10/13/2015 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. Dyckman Houses, 3732 10th Avenue
Eric Ulrich (District 32, Queens) 10/13/2015 7:45 PM Community Board 9
Jimmy Van Bramer (District 26, Queens) 10/13/2015 6-8pm Woodside Houses Community Center, 50-19 Broadway, Woodside
Mark Levine (District 7, Manhattan) 10/14/2015 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Franciscan Community Center
Helen Rosenthal (District 6, Manhattan) 10/14/2015 4-6 p.m. Riverside NYPL, 127 Amsterdam Avenue (between West 65th and 66th Streets)
Mark Treyger (District 47, Brooklyn) 10/14/2015 6:00 PM YMCA 2980 West 29th Street Brooklyn NY 11224
Donovan Richards (District 31, Queens) 10/15/2015 Ocean Bay Community Center
Eric Ulrich (District 32, Queens) 10/15/2015 7:00 PM Woodhaven Residents Block Association
Jimmy Van Bramer (District 26, Queens) 10/15/2015 6-8pm Ravenswood Houses, 35-40 21st Street, Long Island City
Mark Treyger (District 47, Brooklyn) 10/19/2015 6:00 PM PS 205 6701 20th Avenue Brooklyn NY 11214
Eric Ulrich (District 32, Queens) 10/20/2015 7:00 PM 102nd Precinct Community Council
Jimmy Van Bramer (District 26, Queens) 10/20/2015 6-8pm Jacob Riis Settlement House, 10-25 41st Avenue, Queensbridge
Mark Levine (District 7, Manhattan) 10/21/2015 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. St. Michael’s Church, 255 West 99th St.
Helen Rosenthal (District 6, Manhattan) 10/22/2015 6-8 p.m. Hargrave House, 111 West 71st Street (between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues)
Carlos Menchaca (District 38, Brooklyn) 10/23/2015 6-8 pm Red Hook Initiative, 767 Hicks Street
Helen Rosenthal (District 6, Manhattan) 10/24/2015 2-4 p.m. St. Agnes NYPL, 444 Amsterdam Avenue (between West 81st and 82nd Streets)
Mark Treyger (District 47, Brooklyn) 10/26/2015 6:00 PM PS 216 350 Avenue X Brooklyn NY 11223
Melissa Mark-Viverito (District 8, Manhattan/Bronx) 10/28/2015 6 p.m. Little Sisters of the Assumption 333 East 115th St., New York, NY 10029
Helen Rosenthal (District 6, Manhattan) 10/28/2015 6-8 p.m. Marseilles Apartments, 230 West 103rd Street
Ritchie Torres (District 15, Bronx) 10/28/2015 Roosevelt High School Cafeteria, 500 East Fordham Road
Eric Ulrich (District 32, Queens) 10/28/2015 8:00 PM Richmond Hill Block Association
Donovan Richards (District 31, Queens) 10/29/2015 YMCA