October 17th, 6:00 P.M.

Ben Kallos Announces This Year's Participatory Budgeting Assembly

Updated 1 week ago Peter McCarthy
Ben Kallos arrives on Roosevelt Island by Tram, last year.
Ben Kallos arrives on Roosevelt Island by Tram, last year.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

Participatory budgeting is a progressive idea that relies on community input for decisions about how public money gets spent. This year, City Council Member Ben Kallos is counting on us to help decide how $1 million goes to benefit our district, which includes Roosevelt Island and the Upper East Side.

"I am happy to announce another round of participatory budgeting," Kallos says, "as we recruit delegates from around the community to help brainstorm ideas for projects that will get a vote in the coming spring.

"Come to suggest a project for the community or to sign up as a volunteer for the process. Those who attended the Assembly will help decide how the community spends $1 Million of taxpayers' money."

This is as grass roots as democracy gets to be, and only a handful of Council Members trust their constituents to the degree Kallos does.

Previous years have resulted in hundreds of thousands spent on Roosevelt Island for worthy efforts like the Green Roofs project at PS/IS 217.

As with anything else in a democracy, those who pitch in see the most exciting results.

If you cannot make it to the meeting you can propose projects online.

Participatory Budgeting Assembly (Decide on $1 Million)

Submit Your Ideas & Become a Delegate
Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 6PM
District Office, 244 East 93rd Street
Submit Ideas Online and RSVP

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