Reminder! A Note on The People’s Money – Citywide Participatory Budgeting

Dear Colleagues,

Recently, the NYC Civic Engagement Commission announced the launch of The People’s Money voting phase. The People’s Money is New York City’s first-ever citywide participatory budgeting process using mayoral expense funding.

Between now and June 25th, all New York City residents ages 11 and older, regardless of immigration or incarceration status or council district, will be able to vote on how to spend $5 million of mayoral expense funding to address community needs.

Our guiding principles for citywide participatory budgeting are expansion and equity. New York City is home to one of the largest participatory budgeting programs on the globe and under the Adams Administration, we made it even bigger, giving more New Yorkers real dollars to invest in projects that impact their lives. Don’t miss your opportunity to make a difference and make your voice heard.

How to Vote by June 25th:
1. Online Ballot: Voting online is easy. Visit and follow the steps below.
1. Select the language you want to vote in. 
2. Enter your zip code of residence. 
3. Enter your cell phone number to receive a code to validate you are only voting once.
Please note: your phone number will not be stored or accessed by the CEC.
4. Read through the projects on your ballot and select the projects you want to vote for. At the bottom of the page, click submit when you are done.
5. After voting, you will be asked to complete an optional survey. 

2. Paper Ballots: Voting in-person is also easy. Starting between now and June 25, visit a vote site in your neighborhood: 

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:

For Organizations: Organizations and groups can invite CEC staff to attend their event/meeting/forum to lead a voting activity between now – June 25th, or groups can request paper ballots and a ballot box to organize their own activities. Sign up here:

For Individuals: Individuals can volunteer with the CEC to canvass and table at pop-up events with paper ballots! Sign up here: To learn more about this historic process, visit

Warm regards,
Camille Joseph Varlack
Chief of Staff
Office of the Mayor