Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) has announced details for the first round of this year’s Participatory Budgeting Neighborhood Assemblies in the Woodhaven, Ozone Park and Richmond Hill sections of the district, bringing the process in which members of the public give input on where city taxpayer money should go into the neighborhoods, much of which were added to the district in last year’s redistricting.
The forums will give residents the opportunity to decide how $1 million in capital funds can be best spent on projects in those communities. Input from the assemblies will ultimately be used to create a list of several capital projects to be voted on by Community Board 9 residents residing in Ulrich’s district.
The councilman kicked off participatory budgeting in Rockaway and Broad Channel three years ago. Rather than run a single process district wide, it will be split into two separate projects identified by “District 32 North” and “District 32 South” using the boundaries of CBs 9 — which includes the district north of 103rd Aveune — and 14, which includes Broad Channel and the Rockaways. Each project will allocate $1 million in capital funds. Ulrich is the first councilman to conduct participatory budgeting by splitting the district.
Community Board 10, which includes Howard Beach, Lindenwood and Ozone Park south of 103rd Avenue, is not included in this round.
The first three public meetings are scheduled for Jan. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Ozone Park; Jan. 18 at 1 p.m. at Emanuel United Church of Christ in Woodhaven; and Jan. 29 at 8 p.m. at the One Stop Richmond Hill Community Center in Richmond Hill.
The forums are only open to residents of the 32nd District. A section of Woodhaven north of Jamaica Avenue and west of Forest Parkway is in District 30. Woodhaven civic leaders have been urging that district’s representative, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), to conduct participatory budgeting there.