Friday, March 29, 2019

You can vote on what neighborhood projects receive funds from Councilmember Rivera's office

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Local City Councilmember Carlina Rivera is kicking off Council District 2’s first-ever round of Participatory Budgeting (PB) voting, which begins tomorrow (Saturday!) and continues through April 7.

Here's more via the EVG inbox...

To celebrate the start of Vote Week, Rivera is hosting a PB Vote Week Kick Off tomorrow (Saturday!) at the LES Girls Club (402 E. Eighth St. at Avenue D) from noon to 3:30 p.m. Individuals interested in attending the celebration can RSVP online by going to this link or calling her office at (212) 677-1077.

At the event, residents will get the opportunity to learn about all the Participatory Budgeting projects on the ballot and vote for their favorite projects. PB allows for residents to decide how to spend capital funds, allocated by the Council Member, for community improvements. This year, out of the 135 ideas submitted, 11 projects were placed on the final PB ballot. (Up to $1 million of projects will be funded based on the votes of residents.)

The final list of projects on the ballot:

· Fence installation at El Jardín del Paraiso Garden, 710 E. Fifth St.
Replacing old fence with a new iron fence.
Estimated cost: $225,000

· Water system construction at 6BC Botanical Garden, 630 E. Sixth St.
Designating a water source, includes new tap, piping, hydrant, and RPZ to support the 6BC Garden.
Estimated cost: $300,000

· An accessible lift at PS 40, 320 E. 20th St.
Install a lift to help disabled seniors and children entering the building.
Estimated cost: $350,000

· Gym renovations at PS 188, 442 E. Houston St.
This would include replacing walls, seating, padding around the walls, gym equipment and installing storage space.
Estimated cost: $150,000

· Science mobile carts for PS 34, 730 E. 12th St.
Two science mobile carts for students to do laboratory work.
Estimated cost: $140,000

· Countdown clocks along the M9, M14A, and M14D routes
Countdown clocks for routes along the M9, M14A and M14D in District 2.
Estimated cost: $200,000

· Street resurfacing district-wide
Many of the roads are in bad condition, and constituents are seeking road resurfacing throughout the district.
Estimated cost: $250,000 per lane mile

· Garbage compactor upgrades at Straus Houses, 243 E. 27th St.
Upgrades to two interior compactors and compactor room.
Estimated cost: $100,000

· Playground renovations at Lillian Wald Houses, Avenue D between Fourth and Fifth Streets
Upgrade to play equipment, new set of monkey bars and new slide
Estimated cost: $500,000

· Playground renovations at Jacob Riis Houses, 178 Avenue D
Renovations would include new monkey bars, a new slide and a new sprinkler system.
Estimated cost: $500,000

· Basketball court renovations at Jacob Riis Houses, 178 Avenue D
Basketball court will be re-painted, install new basketball hoops and overall upgrade to court.
Estimated cost: $500,000

Residents who live in District 2 and are older than 11 years of age can vote for up to five of the 11 ideas on the ballot.

Rivera's office will have specific sites set up throughout District 2 where residents will be able to vote (the image at top of this post has the locations). Residents can also vote online at (note – the link will go live at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow).


Anonymous said...

The playground renovations costs have to be padded - monkey bars and a slide don't cost half a million dollars - I'm beginning to think libertarian, maybe an option "Return these funds to taxpayers who paid them" should be available

Anonymous said...

225k for an iron fence for a garden... 200k for electronic, all-weather countdown clocks for stops that might not exist after SBS. yep, sounds like new york government to me.

Anonymous said...

If Rivera has $1 million to allocate, then the funding is pretty much used up with two or three projects. No doubt there is padding in the proposals. Perhaps Rivera's staff should have set limits (caps) on the proposals so that many smaller projects / needs could have been addressed. Some of these proposals, if evaluated and deemed appropriate should be funded by city-wide funds. Repaving streets, for example, should not come from a council person's discretionary budget.

Anonymous said...

As long as we can save those bus routes, it would be great to have countdown clocks at each stop, especially to inform people who don't have smartphones and can't check on the MTA app.

Anonymous said...

Note: if you notice carefully, most of the countdown "clocks" don't tell you how many minutes away the bus is. They tell you how many stops away it is. Which could mean anything in MTA World.

Anonymous said...

These prices are fucking outrageous

sophocles said...

500K for a basketball court UPGRADE? How much does it cost to build one from scratch? Mind boggling.

Anonymous said...

Too bad Rivera didn't let us vote for what we REALLY wanted re: the Tech Hub! Sorry, Carlina-the-Traitor, too little, too late.

Anonymous said...

A $tupid wa$te of taxpeyer$' $$$. Also, the Riis Houses, etc. should be privatizzed and owned by the people who live in them. Give them a long-term (like forever) property tax abatement, and let them be owner$ without taxpayer$ having to foot the bill. This would incentivize them to kick out the druggies and gunnies.
So yes, get with liberty and libertarianism.
Bill, anarchist and libertarian

A chap in NYC said...

looking at theses $$$$ what are they approving ..someone should audit the bids and the people approving them...