Melissa Mark-Viverito is a New York City Council member who represents District 8, which includes the Upper East Side, Spanish Harlem/El Barrio/East Harlem, Manhattan Valley and part of the Upper West Side )as well as part of Mott Haven in the Bronx).
This year's expansion of participatory budgeting allows residents' of their districts to allocate some of the member items funds. Voting concludes this weekend for the 8 districts involved.
Violent crime rates have risen since the summer began, and Commissioner Ray Kelly has commented that community leaders are not doing enough to curtail the spike. New York City District 45 council member Jumaane Williams (representing Flatbush, East Flatbush, Flatlands, and Canarsie in Brooklyn) and District 8 council member Melissa Mark-Viverito (representing the Upper East Side, Spanish Harlem/El Barrio/East Harlem, Manhattan Valley, part of the Upper West Side and part of Mott Haven in the Bronx) join us to discuss the issue, along with NYPD policing.
— John from the Bronx, a caller on The Brian Lehrer Show.
Brad Lander, Brooklyn City Councilman (D-39), and Melissa Mark-Viverito, city council member representing East Harlem and parts of the Bronx and Upper West Side, and member of the council's Progressive Caucus, discuss their new plan to involve constituents in budget allocation.