Peace and Blessings,
Hope you’re having a great day! Voting has started for The People’s Money, NYC’s first-ever citywide participatory budgeting (PB) process!
All New Yorkers aged 11 and up, regardless of immigration status, have the opportunity to decide how to spend $5 million of mayoral expense funding on projects in their community.
Though NYC City Council members introduced PB back in 2011, and many City Council members currently participate by putting up their own discretionary funding, The People’s Money is the first citywide process utilizing Mayoral expense funding. Expense funding can be used for projects and services, and the citywide process allows all New Yorkers to participate, regardless of the council district they live in. To learn more about the process, visit participate.nyc.gov.
How to Vote by June 25th:
- Online Ballot: Voting online is easy. Visit on.nyc.gov/pb and follow the instructions.
- Paper Ballots: Voting in-person is also easy. Starting May 10th, see where you can vote below.
How to Spread the Word:
- Post Online: Everyone can use the CEC’s digital toolkit to post on social media and email their networks. View here: on.nyc.gov/pbvotetoolkit
- For Organizations: Organizations and groups can invite CEC staff to attend their event/meeting/forum to lead a voting activity between May 10th – June 25th, or groups can request paper ballots and a ballot box to organize their own activities. Sign up here: on.nyc.gov/pbvoterequest
For Individuals: Individuals can volunteer with the CEC to canvass and table at pop-up events with paper ballots! Sign up here: on.nyc.gov/cecvolunteer