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Participatory Budgeting Winners

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Four city council districts let constituents decide how to allocate some funds. Brad Lander, Brooklyn City Councilman (D 39), and Alexa Kasdan, director of research and policy for the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center, review the results. Plus Christine Petro, Windsor Terrace resident, and George Sanchez, Cobble Hill resident, talk about their projects that received funding. 

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Alexa Kasdan and Brad Lander
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Comments [5]

L. Lurie from Kensington

To Brad:

I have been emailing you and your predecessor Bill Di Blasio for several years now to pave our street- located on the service road west side-of Ocean Parkway-from Ave C to Cortelyou. Kensington.

IT is one of the WORST paved streets in the city, with at least 50 former potholes filled unevenly with tar. We in the neighborhood have broken our car shocks many times, and we have tripped many times crossing this road.

What is holding you up? You have repaved streets in the Park Slope, but have forgotten us in Kensington.

Also, Bill Di Blasio promised garbage cans and clean up on the Ocean Parkway mall. Between Ave C and Cortelyou. We never got the garbage cans on our service road. The Ocean Parkway Mall is a garbage dump, because of this. I emailed pictures to your office.
Bill Di Blasio's office told me that the sanitation department cut its collection route, and therefore, we cannot have garbage cans. This is a health hazard.

Now that you gave out all your special projects money, do you have any left to fix our problems in Kensington?

Apr. 03 2012 10:44 AM
Robert from Windsor Terrace

I took part in the voting and thought it was great. I did wonder at the cost of projects. Street trees come in at $1000 each! How does the city arrive at such a figure? Where does the money go? How will we plant a million street trees at this rate? The middlemen in this transaction seem to be greening their pockets!

Robert

Apr. 03 2012 10:30 AM
Moe from bkln

I feel compelled to comment.
Really? Composting??? Composting exists in Bkln. Do we really need more?HA! What a yuppie thing to focus on. I think you're out of touch.
There are so many other issues, schools, crime, trash, noise, financials, real estate, etc that seem to be more important.

And, wnyc, why would you give this person so much air time. Annoying.

Apr. 03 2012 10:18 AM
john from office

What exactly are "people of color" again?? And we will hear the word empowerment and empower at least 100 times today.

Apr. 03 2012 10:15 AM
Lauren Thompson from Brooklyn, NY

Don't mock the "bathroom doors" choice! The project is complete rehabilitation of two bathrooms in an elementary school. The DOE refuses to undertake the project, for which they should be called out. If you watch the video that accompanies the proposal, you'll understand. Kids shouldn't have to hold their business for seven hours!

The participatory budgeting process was wonderful. I participated in the neighborhood meetings in Dist 39 (Lander). We need more of it.

Apr. 03 2012 10:10 AM

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