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You can take part in planning New York's budget and decide where to spend $3,5 million


Lyudmila Balabay

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New York City Civic Engagement Commission (CEC) launched the annual voting program The People's Money. This program allows city residents to participate in the distribution of $3,5 million in the city budget by voting on projects, which will last until June 12. All New Yorkers age 11 and older have the right to vote, regardless of immigration status.

Each borough has different projects put forward for a vote. You can get acquainted with the initiatives of your district and vote here to register: (to access voting you need to enter your zip code and the code that will be sent to your mobile phone, so keep your smartphone with you). You can also vote in person; points will be open at events in different areas of the city. To do this, the New York City Civic Engagement Commission has partnered with 85 organizations that will distribute information about The People's Money program and conduct voting.

In the near future you will be able to vote at the following events:

  • June 2 – Queens Pride Parade;
  • June 8 – Staten Island Family Fun Day;
  • June 9 – Voting is planned in Brooklyn, but a specific event has not yet been chosen.

In addition, he will travel around the city and collect votes from residents. The People's Bus. Voting papers (physical and online) are available in English and 13 other languages, including Russian.

Photo courtesy of CEC

After the voting is completed (June 12), the authorities will announce the winning projects. Their implementation will begin later this year by public organizations that will be selected on a competitive basis.

“New Yorkers are the pinnacle of the city's organizational structure. Their needs and their voices drive our programs and policies,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams. “We're asking diverse communities to contribute to New York City's budget decisions to fund programs that impact their lives. We hope every New Yorker votes this year."

How The People's Money works

From September to November 2023, the stage of putting forward ideas took place - New Yorkers proposed about 2000 projects. CEC and 100+ partner organizations engaged citizens in more than 440 workshops to brainstorm ideas together.

During the review and concept development phase from January to February 2024, a panel of New York City officials and residents assessed proposed projects for equity and feasibility. The best project ideas were included in the voting ballots. Now we can to vote and choose those that we would like to implement. The city will then finance the implementation of the winning projects.

The program The People's Money Adams officially started on September 14, 2022. In the first participatory budgeting cycle, the city financed 46 projects worth $ 5 million The winning projects are implemented by community organizations throughout New York City.

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