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Sondra Youdelman

Sondra Youdelman

  • City Council Highlights Gains in Participatory Budgeting Program

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    PB voting in CD5 (photo: @BenKallos)

    51,362. That's how many New Yorkers cast ballots in the recently-finished participatory budgeting cycle to determine which community projects receive funding. Implemented this year in 24 of the City Council's 51 districts, the participatory budgeting program sees council members devote $1 million or more in capital funding toward the community initiative. In a year-long process that engages district residents in local decision-making and community-building, New Yorkers not only have the