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THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
OFFICE OF COUNCIL MEMBER CARLOS MENCHACA | 38th District
CITY HALL
NEW YORK, NY 10007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: jmuniz@council.nyc.gov
COUNCIL MEMBER MENCHACA ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF DISTRICT 38’s FIRST PARTICIPATORY BUDGET VOTE, REPORTS HIGHEST VOTER TURNOUT IN HISTORY OF NYC PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING

NEARLY THREE THOUSAND RESIDENTS VOTE, TWO THIRDS OF BALLOTS CAST IN LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH
Brooklyn NY—Today Council Member Carlos Menchaca announced the results of Council District 38’s inaugural year of Participatory Budget voting. 

"This is a historic day for our district. We have empowered our residents to shape the improvements they want to see in their neighborhood schools, parks, streets and libraries. In our first year, I am proud to report that nearly three thousand answered our call and affirmed our quest for a more inclusive participatory democracy," said Council Member Menchaca.  

District 38 set a new city-wide record by reporting the highest number of votes per district since Participatory Budgeting began in 2011. 2,909 community members voted at 16 poll sites across the district. Over 2/3 of the ballots were cast in a language other than English.  

Approximately 80 local residents helped steer this year's Participatory Budgeting process. These community members helped finalize the 19 proposals that were on this year's ballot. 

"Before Participatory Budgeting, I never thought about getting involved in local government. Yet, here I am fighting for what our community needs," said Lydia Bellahcene, a Budget Delegate

Council Member Menchaca will be allocating over $2 million to fund six capital improvement projects. 

Below are the winning projects: 

NYPD Cameras: Cost: $600,000—Votes: 1890
Installment of cameras along 6th, 7th and 8th avenue between 42nd and 62nd street would provide extra security to the community. 

Street Resurfacing in Community Board 7—Cost: $350,000—Votes: 1070
The streets in our community are a mess making it dangerous for drivers and pedestrians. This would be to potentially resurface 7th Avenue. 

Community Room in Sunset Park Library—Cost $60,000—Votes: 951
There is a need for a room where the community can hold meetings. Space would be open to the public to reserve for events.

Tech for Schools: PS 15, PS 24, PS 503 and MS 821—Cost: $67,500—Votes: 812
Improving access to technology for four neighborhood schools that serve diverse communities: PS 15, PS 24, PS 503, and MS 821

AC wiring for PS 10 and PS 15—Cost: $400,000—Votes: 526
Cooling systems for two neighborhood schools. Improving conditions in hottest classrooms (PS 10) and use of auditorium (PS 15).

Red Hook Library Community Garden—Cost: $85,000—Votes: 486
The new garden will be located at 7 Wolcott Street and will enrich the community with culture and provide space for the community.

 
Budget Facilitator, Jimmy Li, encourages voters to participate on 8th Avenue in Sunset Park
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