HIGH HOPES: Residents of one swath of Brooklyn would like to see their tax dollars go toward street repairs, traffic cameras, and bus and crosswalk countdown clocks, among other improvements. They came up with the list during meetings as part of the city's participatory budgeting system.
Monday, November 17th, 2014
When the small group of community members was asked if they were happy with the way the government spends their money, the room was silent. Hands shot up moments later when residents were asked what changes they wanted to see in their communities.
On November 10, Councilman Mark Treyger wrapped up the last of three community assemblies as part of District 47’s progressive participatory budgeting [PB] initiative. Treyger has allocated $1 million of discretionary funds for residents’ ideas. District 47 – which includes Gravesend, Bensonhurst, Sea Gate and Coney Island – is among 24 of the city’s 50 districts to sign up for PB.
Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
The city Board of Elections, the League of Women Voters and CUNY got creative at a voter registration drive near City Hall Park: There were raffles and a mock election. Artists and a DJ entertained passersby – and future voters – during the event, which was held in honor of National Voter Registration Day. Volunteers and employees from the three organizations helped people to register and walked them through the voting process. Registration for the upcoming Nov. 4 election ends Oct. 10.
Thursday, September 4th, 2014
At Theodore Roosevelt Education Campus on Fordham Road on Wednesday, families stood along the sidewalk waiting to enter the main registration site for all Bronx pre-Kindergarten students. Workers in orange vests went through the line, checking the paperwork for each child before sending them inside to a large auditorium where parents and school officials bustled about.
Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
Slashing tolls for drivers is the biggest idea in New York City transportation right now.
A new plan, from the transit advocacy group Move NY, would turn New York driving on its head. Hefty tolls on bridges linking the outer boroughs, like the Verrazano and the Whitestone, would be $5 cheaper under the proposal. Meanwhile, the big free spans into Manhattan, like the Williamsburg and Brooklyn Bridges, would suddenly soak drivers for $10.66 round trip.