Friday, April 4, 2014

More On Participatory Budgeting - Vote!

There are more participatory budgeting events going on then just the 39th District.  Street safety advocate Dave "paco" Abraham from our neighboring Cobble Hill Association has provided a helpful compendium of South Brooklyn* Participatory Budgeting proposals that focus on street safety:

This is the big weekend for Participatory Budgeting.

It's your chance to weigh in on how select City Councilpersons spend $1 million of City funds in various neighborhoods. A number of Brooklyn City Council members are participating so read through the links below and if you live in one of these districts, be sure to vote either Saturday or Sunday. (Any district resident can vote, ages 16 and up.)

There are many worthwhile projects, and when it comes to safer streets these stand out to me... but obviously read the full list for each district & judge for yourselves.

City Council District 33 - STEPHEN LEVIN
(BK Heights, Dumbo, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Boerum Hill, North Park Slope)
Notable safer streets items include 
- Greenway Sidewalk Reconstruction
- Independence Community Plaza Reopening

City Council District 38 - CARLOS MENCHACA
(Greenwood Heights, Red Hook, Sunset Park, Windsor Terrace)
Notable safer streets items include 
- Electronic “Bus Location” Signs at B61 Stops
- Pedestrian Safety: Sidewalk Extensions
- Street Improvements and Resurfacing of Roads in CB7

City Council District 39 - BRAD LANDER
(Columbia Waterfront, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Gowanus, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Kensington, Borough Park
Notable safer streets items include 
- Pedestrian Safety on McDonald Ave at Ft Hamilton
- Street Safety Improvements on 4th Ave, 8-18th Sts
- 12 Electronic “Bus Location” Signs at B67/69 Stops

City Council District 44 - DAVID GREENFIELD
(Borough Park, Midwood and Bensonhurst)
Notable safer streets items include 
Resurface the worst streets in Borough Park
Resurface the worst streets in Bensonhurst
Resurface the worst streets in Midwood

City Council District 45 - JUMAANE WILLIAMS
(Flatbush, East Flatbush, Flatlands, parts of Midwood and Canarsie)

* Pretty much everything west of the Gowanus Canal and south of Atlantic Avenue was South Brooklyn/Red Hook, per our departed neighbor Celia Cacace, who did not put much stock in our current neighborhood labels.

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