Participatory Budgeting 2018

Rally Round, Roosevelt Island. Help Ben Kallos Send Big Bucks Our Way

Updated 49 weeks ago David Stone
Council Member Kallos (R) at a ribbon cutting at the CBN/RI Senior last Center, last month. He has also been generous with seniors.
Council Member Kallos (R) at a ribbon cutting at the CBN/RI Senior last Center, last month. He has also been generous with seniors.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

Each year, City Council Member Ben Kallos marks his commitment to democracy, inviting constituents 14 and older to help decide how to spend discretionary money at his disposal in the City budget. This year, $1 million is up for grabs, and worthy Roosevelt Island projects are on the ballot.

"We're kicking off spring, by asking residents aged 11 and older to vote on how $1 million gets spent in our community from April 7 to 15," Kallos announced in a press release. "Cast your ballot in person at my office, nearly a dozen mobile voting sites, or online."

Learn more at

What's on the ballot for Roosevelt Island?

Two major local projects are among 13 vying for funds. 

First up on the ballot is "New computers, printers, self-checkout kiosks, phone systems, network equipment and free high-speed WiFi" for three public libraries, including ours. NYPL is looking for $200,000.

Also contending for a piece of the pie is PS/IS 217, which needs cash for cafeteria renovations. The school at 645 Main Street needs $300,000 for "Re-tiling cafeteria floors and fixing cracks."

Who can vote?

Anyone 11 and up who lives in City Council District 5, which includes all of Roosevelt Island. No other restrictions. You needn't be a citizen or registered to vote to help PS/IS 217 and the Roosevelt Island Public Library.

Get additional details, including ID requirements by clicking here.

Where and When?

Voting begins on Saturday, April 7th and continues until Sunday, the 15th. 

Anyone can vote at Council Member Kallos's District Office, 244 East 93rd Street, Monday through Friday, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

But Kallos makes supporting your community even easier. Next Thursday, April 12th, he will set up mobile balloting at the F Train Station on Roosevelt Island from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. On Friday, April 13th, you'll also be able to vote at the school, PS/IS 217, 645 Main Street, from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m.

For additional mobile voting locations, click here.

Finally, this is an utterly unique way for local residents to come out in support of worthy local projects and have their votes count.

Our public school and library need your help. Come out and vote, starting Saturday. 

Comments powered by Disqus

For you...