On Monday, May 13th, Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez was joined by community leaders and District 10 residents as he announced the funded Participatory Budgeting Projects for Northern Manhattan. Council District 10 has been participating in the PB initiative since 2014, engaging the community to fund projects that would bring improvements to schools, parks, libraries, public housing and other public and community spaces in the district.
This year we will see funding for a new courtyard renovation at M.S 528, a renovation to the gymnasium at P.S 189, and a certificate of technical education nursing program renovation at the George Washington Educational Campus. These projects will give our students the opportunity to become more physically active and live a healthier way of life. Lastly, the community has also voted to provide the Morris Jumel Mansion with ADA access.
“As Council Member of District 10, I have continued to work hard to ensure that my district receives the support and resources they need. I would like to give a special thanks to Borough President Gale Brewer for helping secure additional funding this year, ensuring our communities receive all the help they can get” Said, Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez “I will continue to work alongside Speaker Corey Johnson, Mayor De Blasio, and colleagues to ensure that these important initiatives continue to make a difference in the lives of New Yorkers”
District 10 has taken part in this process since 2014. Last year the winning projects totaled over $1.5 million and included a playground as well as an ADA ramp for the Dyckman houses buildings. That year we also secured funding to upgrade the technology in our district libraries.
Participatory budgeting is a great opportunity for anyone over the age of 11 to vote on projects that would bring funding to improve their local communities. This encourages and educates our younger generation to find value in civic engagement. Participatory budgeting allows us to know exactly where our tax dollars are going and gives community members an opportunity to have a say in the process. This year with the support of our local schools, libraries, community centers, community volunteers, and office staff we were able to engage with hundreds of people in Northern Manhattan. Residents choose the projects they thought were needed to improve the community and effect change in a positive way.