DEMOCRACY IN ACTION! YOUR VOTE COUNTS
Sunset Park, Dyker Heights, Greenwood Heights, Red Hook, and
$2 million available, with voters being able to vote for three projects.
An unoffi cial count of 7,315 residents cast their vote.
$180,000: New trees. File photo
COURIER LIFE, APR. 30-MAY 6, 2021 3
Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Columbia Street Waterfront
District, Gowanus, Kensington, and Windsor Terrace.
$1.5 million available, with voters being able to vote for three projects.
A total of 5,446 residents cast their vote.
• $425,000 for improvements to Prospect
Park’s Children’s Corner, including
a restoration of the carousel’s
historic Wurlitzer organ, which
got 53 percent with 2874 votes.
• $650,000 will go toward renovating
the ancient bathrooms at Borough
Park’s PS 131, which serves
overwhelmingly low-income and
immigrant pupils. 60 percent of
voters chose that proposal, with
• $15,000 for a study to design a
safer Prospect Park loop
• $7,000 to plant more street trees in
• $300,000 for a downpayment to
create a “Brooklyn Skate Garden,”
which was inspired by Loren Michelle,
who advocated to build the
skate park in memory of her late
skateboarding son Pablo Ramirez,
which got 56 percent of the votes
with 3057 votes.
• $20,000 for a neighborhood farm
stand and women’s craft outlet in
• $10,000 for distributing environmentally
friendly diapers to the
“These amazing winning PB projects
show how we can rise from this
crisis together,” said Lander. “Enormous
props to the volunteers who put
together this amazing slate of projects,
even the ones that did not win
were really great.”
Councilman Carlos Menchaca
elected to boost his participatory
budgeting amount another $300,000
to include all of the projects on the
ballot in the city’s budget, claiming
several counts of duplicate voting
made his offi ce unable to call an offi
• $100,000 will go to rewiring the
WiFi reception in two Greenwood
Heights schools (PS 10 and K290)
that both experience signal issues.
• $500,000 will go to restoring the
crumbling schoolyard at Sunset
Park’s PS 69. The schoolyard will
be outfi tted with additional gate
openings, outdoor lighting and
new basketball hoops.
• $180,000 will fund the planting of
100 trees along Third Avenue in
Greenwood Heights and Sunset
Park to reduce air pollution from
the Gowanus Expressway.
• $650,000 will upgrade the intercom
system at the Red Hook’s
Summit Academy Charter School
and PS 676.
• $600,000 will fund the installation
of surveillance cameras
along Sunset Park’s Seventh Avenue,
pending a study from the
• $260,000 will fund planting trees
with protective guards across the
$425,000: Prospect Park’s Children’s Corner. Wikimedia
$300,000: Loren Michelle’s Brooklyn Skate Garden Photo by Ben Verde $100,000: New WiFi for schools, including PS 10. File photo