Chelsea votes funding to parks, tech and more


Council Speaker Corey Johnson attended a participatory budgeting expo at the Hudson Guild Center on March 29. Photo: Gerardo Romo/NYC Council
Participatory Budgeting winners announced for West Side council district
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 Speaker Corey Johnson’s third district, which covers the West Village, Chelsea and Hells Kitchen, voted to fund three projects:

• Tree guards and other protections for all street trees planted in the district since 2017

• Improved lighting in the park areas at NYCHA’s Elliott-Chelsea Houses and Fulton Houses

• Thirty-five new water bottle filling stations in public schools throughout the district