Monday, April 9, 2018

NYC Participatory Budget Voting This Week - Roosevelt Island NY Public Library Tech Upgrade And PS/IS 217 Cafeteria Renovation Among Projects On Ballot For Funding By Council Member Ben Kallos

Roosevelt Island's NYC Council Member Ben Kallos is seeking your help in allocating $1 Million in 2018 Participatory Budget funding of Manhattan Council District 5 capital projects. According to Council Member Kallos:

Participatory budgeting (PB) is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. In other words, the people who pay taxes decide how tax dollars get spent. Participatory budgeting is grassroots democracy at its best. It helps make budget decisions clear and accessible. It gives real power to people who have never before been involved in the political process. And it results in better budget decisions - because who better knows the needs of our community than the people who live there?...

... For the time being, PBNYC only deals with CAPITAL money. That means community members can propose projects like improvements to schools, parks, libraries, public housing, and other public or community spaces....
Each year residents in my district ages 11 or at least in the 6th grade may vote on how to spend one million dollars in the community through Participatory Budgeting. You can see the ballot at, which was decided with the process is run by residents just like you who volunteer as Delegates. Learn more at

VOTING: April 7 – APRIL 15

Vote in our District Office, 244 E. 93rd Street:
Monday – Friday, 4/9 - 4/15, 9AM - 5PM

We will also make voting more convenient by bringing the ballots closer to you at mobile voting sites throughout the district with help from this cycle’s budget delegates who will be sponsoring even more vote sites as they continue to shepherd the process. We hope you will consider volunteering with our office:...
You can also vote online.
There are two Roosevelt Island capital projects on the Manhattan Council District 5 Participatory Budget Ballot:
1- NYPL District Libraries Technology Upgrade
E. 67th St, Webster & Roosevelt Island($200,000) New computers, printers, self-checkout kiosks, phone systems, network equipment and free high-speed WiFi.

7- PS/IS 217 Cafeteria Renovations
645 Main St, Roosevelt Island ($300,000) Re-tiling cafeteria floors and fixing cracks.
Roosevelt Island resident Irena Skuletic proposed Participatory Budget funding of the PS/IS 217 cafeteria. Ms Skuletic reports:
It’s that time of the year again! Roosevelt Island has another project on city’s Participatory Budget Ballot — PS/IS 217 cafeteria floor repair! Please make sure you cast your vote on April 11th or April 13th.

PS/IS 217 is not just our zoned school, but a place that is open to the whole community and hosts amazing events. From weekend children programs to adult classes, PS/IS 217 building continues to be an integral part of our everyday life.

Our proposed re-tiling of the cafeteria floors and fixing the cracks would benefit all children that visit the school and enjoy free summer meals (both breakfast and lunch)!

Make sure you cast your vote next week:

Polling sites will be at the Roosevelt Island Subway station on Wednesday April 11th from 4pm to 7pm, and at PS/IS 217 on Friday April 13th from 7am to 10am.

Kids 11 years and older are eligible to vote as well, so this can serve as a great civic duty lesson.

Please stop by and help us get funds for this amazing project. This is another chance for us to show the strength of our community!
Here's the NYC Council District 5 Participatory Budget Ballot including all 13 proposed capital projects. You may cast up to 5 votes.

Roosevelt Island's PS/IS 217 was the winner of $500,000 in Participatory Budget funds in both 2015 and 2016

 Image Of 2015 Green Roof Celebration From PS/IS 217 PTA

 for a Green Roof project.

UPDATE 4/12 Participatory Budget voting outside Roosevelt Island F Train subway station last night.
and you can vote Friday, April 13 at PS/IS 217 too.