From: Council Member Jumaane D. Williams [] on behalf of Council Member Jumaane D. Williams []

Sent: Thursday, October 20, 2011 8:04 AM


Subject: NEW MEETINGS ADDED! How Would YOU Spend $1 Million of the City's Money?


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How Would YOU Spend $1 Million of the City's Money?

Come Out to a Neighborhood Assembly and Make Your Voice Heard



Your money, your voice, your vote! 

For the first time in New York City, and only the second time ever in the United States, you will be able to take part in your democracy in a whole new way and directly shape the decisions that impact your life. The 45th District, along with three other council districts around the city, will be starting a participatory budgeting process, and we want you to get involved!

In participatory budgeting, residents of the 45th District will directly decide how to spend at least $1 million, which I will be allocating from my capital budget. Local residents will come together in public meetings to discuss local priorities and design specific infrastructure projects to address the needs of our community. In March, a public vote will be held, and winning projects will be funded through my budget for the 45th District.  

The District Committee has organized a series of neighborhood assemblies for you to attend, learn about participatory budgeting and have your voice heard on the issues that matter to you. Each of the assemblies have arrangements for food, child care and entertainment. It truly is a community affair! The list of the upcoming scheduled assemblies are as follows:


  • October 21, 2011 from 6:30-9:00 PM at Clarendon Road Church, located at 3304 Clarendon Road.
  • October 24, 2011 from 6:30-9:00 PM at the Tabernacle of Praise, located at 1274 Utica Avenue.
  • October 25, 2011 from 6:30-9:00 PM at the Glenwood Houses Community Center, located at 5816 Farragut Road.
  • October 29, 2011 from 1:00-4:00 PM at Nazareth Regional High School, located at 475 East 57th Street.
  • October 31, 2011 from 6:30-9:00 PM at the Gold Room on the sixth floor of the Brooklyn College Student Center, located at East 27th Street and Campus Road. (Conducted in Haitian-Creole)
  • November 2, 2011 from 6:30-9:00 PM at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, located at 3913 Avenue J.

Bring your family and tell your neighbors! This is the beginning of an exciting new journey for the 45th District, and I hope we will work side-by-side on this effort. 

If you have any questions, please call my office at (718) 629-2900 or e-mail For more information on participatory budgeting in New York City, please visit Thank you, and I look forward to seeing you in October!



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