Participatory budgeting will fund new trees.
Two local council members have announced the projects that won financing through participatory budgeting, a community-driven process to allocate $1 million in taxpayer money for each council district.
For Council Member Helen Rosenthal, who represents much of the Upper West Side south of 96th Street, the winning projects included school improvements, waste management and tree planting.
- Technology Upgrade for 4 U.W.S. Schools (2,852 votes) Purchase of needed technology — computers, smart boards, and other equipment — for P.S. 199, P.S. 84, M.S. 245/The Computer School, and P.S. 87. Cost: $400,000 (each school will receive $100,000)
- Bathroom Upgrades at 2 U.W.S. Elementary Schools (2,530 votes) Upgrades to four bathrooms in P.S. 452 and P.S. 199 that are in serious disrepair and no longer fully usable by students. Cost: $400,000
- New Waste Management System for NYCHA Buildings (2,266 votes) Purchase of compactors and rat proof garbage bins for NYCHA buildings in the northern part of District 6. Cost: $150,000
- Neighborhood Tree Planting and Tree Guards (2,072 votes) Planting of new trees and installation of tree guards in eligible areas throughout District 6. Cost: $110,000
Council Member Mark Levine, who represents parts of the UWS, Morningside Heights and Washington Heights, also listed the winners in his district.
Investing in our Schools
- $250,000 for air conditioning upgrades and new water fountains at P.S. 165, the Robert E. Simon School
- $250,000 for new computers at the Community Health Academy of the Heights
- $250,000 for gymnasium upgrades at P.S. 153, the Adam Clayton Powell School
- $200,000 for Bus Countdown Clocks
Too little too late on the budgeting for the planting of trees.
This administration is so behind; Replacing and adding new trees. Mayor Bloomberg with his 1 million trees to be planted in New York City would never have done it this way. He was so on top of it and we never had a problem until this administration took over. the city never look so horrible with all the dead trees and replacement of trees that has to be done and new trees to be added put the city behind five seasons to catch up. What a disgrace and does not look good for the tourism.
Con Ed destroyed a mature tree in front of our building. Few sensibilities remain.
West 80th St. sorely needs trees replaced! We have had several trees die/fall over due to high winds over the years and they never get replaced. We are solicited for money annually from a “tree fund” and “block association” (neither of which exist or do anything practical for our block) and still do not have any logical or consistent method for replacing lost trees.
Well! You should’ve been at our annual committee dinner meeting last week at Bar Boulud.
Can you please publicly post the block association meeting times so interested people can attend? I certainly hope you are not soliciting money from people on the block and having a committee dinner at Bar Boulud!
We don’t post anything on the street but you can go to our website at http://WWW.west80thStreet.com and watch for future scheduling of events/programs.
That website is trash and never updated with any pertinent info
It costs 100k to upgrade a school bathroom? There has to be a way to do it in a more cost-effective manner so the budgeted funds can go further.
Was thinking the same thing. Unless they’re gold-plated toilets or something, the city is getting abused by unions…