Bronx, NY – 2023, for the second consecutive year,New York City Council Member Pierina Sanchez unveiled a $1 million investment in capital specifically aimed at enhancing quality of life resources for young people and seniors in District 14 through Participatory Budgeting. With close to 1000 votes cast by residents to spend $1 million within the district, five projects were announced.
· MS 390 Gymnasium Upgrade: $750,000
· Cafeteria Renovation for BronxWorks Senior Center: $50,000
· Technology Upgrade/Mini STEM Lab for Francis Martin Library: $64,470
· New Media Center for PS 206: $51,234
· Tree Planting for University Wood Park: $55,500
This substantial commitment reinforces Council Member Sanchez’s dedication to utilizing all available funds to support and improve essential institutions within the district. The $1 million investment will bring about various improvements, including a $750,000 upgrade to a local school, as well as enhancements to local senior centers, parks, and libraries. These improvements are expected to have a significant positive impact on the community, benefiting residents of all ages.
The Office and the PB delegation first collected ideas that address quality of life issues, particularly improving buildings catered to young people and seniors. Through an outreach process that included street outreach, media and social media events, the community put forth 25 ideas, and upon receiving these projects, the Office of Council Member Sanchez partnered with community delegates to work with City Agencies to vet the projects. Five projects were selected as winners and will be receiving the allocated funds.
“I am proud of this year’s allotments, focused on universal services we all use, but that our younger and aging constituents frequent the most. These funds will bring about transformative improvements, from upgrading school facilities to creating vibrant community spaces. Together, we are building a District 14 that thrives on the voices and aspirations of its residents. I extend my deepest gratitude to all who have participated and contributed to this remarkable initiative. Your dedication and commitment are an inspiration to us all,” said Council Member Pierina Sanchez.
Participatory Budgeting has proven to be an influential initiative in District 14, enabling community members to actively participate in the decision-making process regarding how their tax dollars are invested in their own community. This year, close to 1000 votes were cast, highlighting the increasing civic engagement within the district and the community’s commitment to shaping its future.
“On behalf of Francis Martin Library, I want to thank Council Member Pierina Sanchez for this investment. All across the neighborhood, people come in wanting to utilize technological resources, and with this improvement, everyone can enjoy our resources,” Jariel Jacobs
“This investment is for the students to have increased technological access. Thank you to the Council Member for getting this done,” Mr. Elasby, Technology Teacher, PS 206
“You can see here that we have the infrastructure, but until now we did not have the resources. Now, with $750,000 we have enough for our gymnasium as well as our water fountain. Thank you to Pierina Sanchez, this is indeed for the kids,” Andrea Varona, Principal, M.S. 390
Council Member Pierina Sanchez, alongside community leaders, local schools, District 14 Participatory Budgeting Delegates, and residents, came together to celebrate the winners of this second round of Participatory Budgeting and unveil the details of the $1 million investment.
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