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Residents vote on how to use City Council cash - Metro US

Residents vote on how to use City Council cash

Brooklynites line up to vote. (Credit: Councilman Brad Lander's office) Brooklynites line up to vote. The borough was among the districts where voters were encouraged to direct their council member’s spending. Credit: Councilman Brad Lander’s office

Some New Yorkers are getting to pick how their council district’s money will be spent.

Eight council districts encouraged New Yorkers to vote on which project should be funded, in a process they call participatory budgeting.

Each council member has pledged a minimum of $1 million in funds for whatever community members choose.

Residents voted over the weekend in districts like Brooklyn, where Councilman Brad Lander has encouraged voters to choose where the cash can go.

Past projects have included $80,000 for new books at a Kensington library and $150,000 to fix bathrooms at a Park Slope school.

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