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New York City Council Member Paul A. Vallone would like to invite you to participate in an exciting new experiment in democracy called Participatory Budgeting. Through participatory budgeting (PB), residents of the 19th Council District like you will directly decide how to spend $1 million of our district’s capital funds. These funds can be used for improvements to schools, streets, parks, public housing, and other community spaces.

Beginning this October, district residents will come together at neighborhood assemblies to discuss local needs and brainstorm ways to address them. Volunteers will develop these ideas into concrete proposals, then, in the spring, a public vote will be held to determine which projects will be funded.

We invite you to join us at any of the three neighborhood assemblies on the following dates:

Poppenhusen Institute
114-04 14th Rd, College Point
October 14, 2014
7:00 PM

Community Church of Little Neck
46-16 Little Neck Parkway, Little Neck
October 22, 2014
7:00 PM

15-29 149th St, Whitestone
October 27, 2014
7:00 PM

At these neighborhood assemblies, community members will team up with other local neighbors to learn about participatory budgeting and propose ideas for how one million dollars in capital funding should be spent. Additionally, our office will be asking participants to volunteer to work as budget delegates to make their idea become a reality! Budget delegates will Review community needs and ideas from across the district and develop project proposals with help from city experts.

If you have questions in regard to the Participatory Budgeting, the scheduled meetings or how to get involved with the project, please contact Vito Tautonico at 718-619-8611 or e-mail at vtautonico@council.nyc.gov . We look forward to seeing you at the neighborhood assemblies!