Veteran Harlem politician Inez Dickens has her heart set on becoming speaker of the City Council early next year, but a number of new challenges stand in her way.
Through participatory budgeting, residents propose and vote on projects to receive extra funding. This year, 1,780 residents voted in Mark-Viverito’s district, which includes Manhattan Valley and East Harlem, on how to allocate $1.9 million.
Community members will choose from about 20 proposals to improve their neighborhood with $1 million in funding from City Council member Melissa Mark-Viverito.
The city Districting Commission approved a revised plan for the new City Council map Wednesday night, as City Council member Melissa Mark-Viverito released a statement signaling acceptance of the new lines.
From politicians to elementary school students, a boisterous and fed-up crowd testified at a hearing Thursday that the proposed new City Council districts would tear apart the fabric of their neighborhoods.
Redistricting would remove the western part of Melissa Mark-Viverito’s district, which goes from 96th Street to 110th Street, add much more territory in the Bronx, and shift the East Harlem dividing line east.
Last year, Mark-Viverito’s constituents picked $1.54 million worth of neighborhood improvement projects to fund. She will continue the participatory budgeting process this year.
If the new lines are approved, Columbia’s Morningside Heights campus would be split into two districts, an East Harlem council member would lose her portion of the Upper West Side, and, some local officials say, minority representation could be hurt uptown.
Non-politicians selected to fund the project, one of six in the district of City Council member Melissa Mark-Viverito to be awarded some of the city's $1.54 million.
Upper West Side residents are deciding how more than $1 million in city funds will be allocated to various neighborhood improvement projects.
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