Councilmember Paul Vallone came out strongly last week for participatory budgeting, which gives the community a greater voice in selecting programs and allocating city dollars to pay for them.
The new Northeast Queens councilmember stated: “I am absolutely committed to bringing back participatory budgeting to my district. In the interest of ensuring an effective and well-planned participatory budgeting process that engages a wide range of residents of this district, my office will work with members of the Participatory Budgeting NYC Steering Committee in the coming months to make sure we can hit the ground running in August 2014.”
Vallone (D) was joined by Sondra Youdelman in backing the plan that brings a greater community voice to such an important function.
Youdelman, executive director of Community Voices Heard, stated, “We are excited to learn of Councilmember Vallone’s commitment to lead a full and robust PB process in his district starting this summer for the following fiscal year.”
Youdelman, whose organization is the lead community engagement partner from Participatory Budgeting NYC, added, “Like more than a dozen of his colleagues that are taking office this January and are also committed to a robust PB process, we have urged Councilmember Vallone to use the first half of 2014 to build a district committee, which will serve as the backbone of a local PB process for the full PB cycle that will run from August, 2014 through April, 2015.”
See full article at Queens Gazette.