Upper West Side CERT has won a coveted place on the 2016 PBNYC6 (Participatory Budgeting for New York City, District 6) ballot to win funding for the purchase of a team van.
The UWS CERT Emergency Response and Education Vehicle is one of fourteen projects to be considered for funding by the District 6 public during PBNYC voting week, March 26 through April 3, 2016. But let’s back up a bit.
What is Participatory Budgeting?
PB is a democratic process that lets community members decide how to spend part of an annual budget allocated for their district. The total budget for participating Council Districts across the city in FY2016 is $30 million.
District 6 will receive $6 million in discretionary funding, of which $1 million will be spent by the community on projects they deem worthwhile.
PB is grassroots democracy in action. It enables community members to have a say in how their tax dollars are spent. It offers them – either through participation on the PB Committee or voting for the funding recipients – the opportunity to be directly involved in the District’s budgeting process. It results in better funding decisions, because who knows better the needs of a community than the people who live there?
We Want to Bring Emergency Preparedness to You.
Upper West Side CERT, looking to take its emergency preparedness education and outreach to the next level, applied for a small slice of this $1 million pie to purchase a van for the team. Happily, the PB screening committees and the New York City Council agreed that the project had merit and chose it as one of fourteen finalists.
Should our project place in the top five, it will be funded.
The van would have a threefold purpose: It would store the team’s emergency materials and supplies; it would bring pop-up preparedness events to street fairs, schools, and community gatherings; and it could be made available, if deployed by NYCEMD, at the site of a disaster.
You can help us win!
If you live in or attend high school in District 6, you can vote. Here is a link to voting instructions and locations. Here are the fourteen projects competing for funding. You may vote for up to five.
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Follow the drama!
We will be tweeting and Facebooking our progress from now until voting closes. Stay tuned!