Participatory Budgeting Returns to Rockaway!

In 2013, the Rockaway Youth Task Force successfully advocated to bring Participatory Budgeting (PB) to Far Rockaway (31st District). Youth as young as 14 worked in collaboration with the community to decide how to allocate over $1 million to fund capital improvement projects in Far Rockaway.

City Councilmember Donovan Richards will begin Participatory Budgeting meetings in the Rockaways early next month. It will allow community stakeholders to decide how to spend $1 million of District 31’s capital budget.

Residents will propose and vote on local infrastructure projects such as improvements to schools, parks, libraries, and housing. PB promotes inclusion and exposes the democratic process to future voters within our district to youth as young as 12 years old. For those who would otherwise shun politics or be left out of traditional democratic processes, PB encourages civic engagement and creates lasting change that will impact neighborhoods for the next 10 to 20 years.

The process will start with informational meetings called Neighborhood Assemblies that will begin on September 2 and continue until the end of October. All informational meetings will begin at 7 p.m. at the following dates and locations:

· Sept. 2 – Bayswater Jewish Community Center located at 2355 Healy Ave.
· Sept. 17 – PS 43 located at 160 Beach 29th St.
· Oct. 1 – Beach 40th Street Community Center located at 426 Beach 40th St.
· Oct. 15 – Ocean Bay Community Center located at 57-10 Beach Channel Drive
· Oct. 29 – Rockaway YMCA located at 207 Beach 73rd St.