Sunday, March 27, 2016


Submitted by a delegate on the Participatory Budgeting Education Committee:
A friendly reminder that the annual Participatory Budgeting vote is upon us. We get to choose how our City Councilmember, Brad Lander, will spend $1.5 million of his budget.
There are MANY worthy capital projects (you get to choose up to five), but I want to make a pitch for the expense fund project I’ve been working on on behalf of P.S. 130 and several other diverse, multi-lingual schools in City Council District 39 (which includes much of school district 15 and some of district 20).

Our local schools need your vote for the Translation Equipment for Multi-Lingual Schools project. This will provide transmitters and head sets for P.S. 130, P.S. 131, P.S. 179, P.S. 230, and M.S. 839 so that translators can provide simultaneous translation, making meetings and school events accessible for non-English speakers.

We encourage everyone in our community to get out and vote for this project.
All residents of New York City Council District 39 (much of school district 15 and some of district 20) who are age 14+ are eligible to vote, regardless of immigration status. All you need to bring to a voting location is an ID, a utility bill, or some other document that states your name and address.

A full list of voting locations is at

Closest voting locations:
Saturday, April 2nd, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Windsor Terrace Library
160 East 5th Street at Fort Hamilton Parkway 

Sunday, April 3rd, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
P.S. 230 Upper School
1 Albemarle Road at McDonald Avenue

More info about Participatory Budgeting is at Our project is listed on the expense fund ballot,
along with five others, at
People can vote for up to three of the six expense projects, in addition to five of the capital projects described at