Participatory Budgeting and Member Items

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Brad Lander, Brooklyn City Councilman (D 39 - Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Columbia Waterfront, Gowanus, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Borough Park, and Kensington) and one of the lead sponsors of the Community Safety Act, and Melissa Mark-Viverito, City council member representing East Harlem and parts of the Bronx and Upper West Side and a member of the council's Progressive Caucus, talk about this year's expansion of participatory budgeting, which allows residents' of their districts to allocate some of the member items funds. Voting concludes this weekend for the 8 districts involved. Member items are under renewed scrutiny in the wake of the arrests of NYC politicians, including Queens Council Member Halloran.