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Watchdog visits participatory budgeting info session

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What seemed like an ordinary information forum on the upcoming participatory budgeting session for District 27 was upgraded with the presence of New York City Public Advocate Letitia ‘Tish’ James.

The session, hosted by Councilman I. Daneek Miller, who was also present, sought to give residents information on how they could participate in allocating $1 million in capital discretionary funds.

The presence of the elected officials became an opportunity to touch on some additional issues in the community and highlighted that the city government is interested in the process. Twenty-two Councilmembers will be participating in the participatory budgeting process.

Participants in the session, which was held at the Alpha Phi Alpha Senior Center, was comprised of civic leaders and residents who were all well ahead of their senior years. There was a concern that the timing of the session, held at 2P, didn't coincide well with residents work schedules. Participants also wanted clarification on which items should be used in the budgeting process versus what the City already has on their radar. Many traffic issues were cited by participants as viable allocations for the funds.

The Participatory budgeting process is currently in its early stages. This is the second information session held by Councilmember Miller. District 31 recently took part in the participatory budgeting process. Click here for more information and a recap of the first information session.

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