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Getting a Say: More Participatory Budgeting Sessions Set

By DAVID CRUZ

If you had the chance to fill the role of New York City Councilmember, where would you earmark $1 million in capital funds? It’s a question Councilman Andy Cohen will continue posing in his latest round of Participatory Budget sessions, a yearlong process where locals as young as 14-years-old in his 11th Council District can offer input on how to spend taxpayer monies to better their communities.

Six workshops are slated for this month:

  • Monday, Oct. 20 – Schervier Nursing Home, 2975 Independence Ave. at 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 22 – Rambling House, 4292 Katonah Ave. at 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 23 – Mosholu Montefiore Community Center, 3450 DeKalb Ave. at 7 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 27 – Riverdale YM/YWHA, 5625 Arlington Ave. at 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 29 – Lehman College Lovinger Theatre, 250 Bedford Pk. Blvd. at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 30 – Vladeck Hall, 74 Van Cortlandt Pk. So. at 7 p.m.

“Participatory Budgeting is the true definition of bringing government to the people,” said Cohen, in a statement. “Through this process we will engage residents, increase civic participation and give the public more confidence in government.”

There are caveats– proposals must be a construction or renovation project, cost a minimum of $35,000, and proven be a boon to the public for more than five years. The winning bid must be submitted by the middle of 2015.

For more information on the process, residents are asked to call Councilman Cohen’s office at (718) 549-7300.

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