West Side votes funding to trees, schools and more

A number of Broadway bus stops will receive new arrival countdown clocks funded through Participatory Budgeting. Photo: Michael Garofalo
Participatory Budgeting winners announced for UWS council districts
By Michael Garofalo

Results are in for the 2019 edition of the City Council’s Participatory Budgeting program, which lets New Yorkers vote on how to allocate $1 million in discretionary funding in their neighborhood.

Residents of Council Member Helen Rosenthal’s sixth district, which covers most of the Upper West Side, voted to fund four projects:

• Technology upgrades, including computers and smartboards, at P.S. 199, P.S. 84, M.S. 245 The Computer School and P.S. 87.

• Upgrades to four bathrooms in P.S. 452 and P.S. 199 that are in disrepair and no longer fully usable by students.

• A new waste management system, including compactors and rat-proof garbage bins, for NYCHA buildings in the northern part of the district

• New trees and tree guards to be installed on sidewalks throughout the district

Voters also awarded funding to four projects in Council Member Mark Levine’s seventh district, which extends from 96th Street to 165th Street on the West Side:

• Air conditioning upgrades and new water fountains at P.S. 165, the Robert E. Simon School

• New computers at the Community Health Academy of the Heights

• Gymnasium upgrades at P.S. 153, the Adam Clayton Powell School

• Bus countdown clocks along Broadway