Participatory Budgeting: Join Us At An Upcoming Project Expo

We are about to enter the third phase of the Participatory Budgeting (PB) process – Project Expos. In the first phase, we held seven neighborhood assemblies, which were attended by hundreds of community members and where we gathered even more great ideas on how to spend $1 million in District 8. Then in the second phase, the budget delegates worked hard on turning the ideas you helped generate in our neighborhood assemblies into concrete proposals for a public vote.

Please join us at one of our Project Expos, where our budget delegates will unveil the projects that will appear on the ballot for a public vote this April. This is a great way to learn more about the projects before you cast your vote. Hope to see you there!


Para ver el volante del evento en español, haga clic aquí.

For more information on PB in District 8, visit


Getting Ready for Election Day: Do You Know Where You’re Voting?

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We hope you’re as excited as we are for Election Day! In preparation, we’ve confirmed where our poll site is. Why so early? Well, knowing where your poll site is ahead of time will save you time and possibly a huge hassle on Election Day. If you’re not sure where your poll site is, please check out the Board of Election’s Poll Site Locator & Sample Ballot tool that is available online. If you have a iPhone, Android or Blackberry, go ahead and download the app here.


There have been two changes that may affect where your poll site for this election will take place:

  1. Since the Primary Election in September, the Board of Elections has changed the location of several poll sites, meaning that this may be the first time that you have voted at this new poll site. Before voting, please check here to see if your poll site location is one of the few that have changed.
  2. You may have received a letter in the mail if your poll site has been deemed inaccessible for physically disabled voters (for the full list, click here). This just means that those sites do not meet the full ADA requirements due to ramps that are considered too steep or other barriers to access. To those of you who received this letter, please note that you can still vote at your normal poll site but if you are physically disabled, you have the right to request that your poll site be changed to one that is accessible.

Happy voting!

Remember to Vote in the Primary Election Today!

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For those of you have not already voted in today’s primary election, please note that the polling location you have had previously may not necessarily still be your designated poll site. Before you go to vote, confirm your voting location here. You can also download a sample ballot to see what races are going on in your part of the district.

Please note that because this is a primary and not a general election, in some parts of the district, there are no races to vote on. But if you do live in an area with a contested primary, we urge you to vote.

The polls will be open today until 9 PM. If you have any problems, please contact the Board of Elections at 866-VOTE-NYC.

Vote to Give Back to Local Charity, Dominican Sunday

Chase is donating $5 million to local charities across the country and one of those organizations, Dominican Sunday, is from our very own community! Dominican Sunday’s mission is the empower and strengthen the residents of Manhattan Valley, Morningside and West Harlem, as well as the rest of the City.  Dominican Sunday provides citizenship classes, computer training, ESL classes, career assistance, and cultural events to the community and it’s time that we give back to Dominican Sunday but giving them our vote.

You will be able to cast two votes via Facebook  until September 19; and if you Like, Send, Tweet, or copy the link Facebook provides, you can earn an extra vote if any of your friends follows the link and casts a vote. If you’re a Chase customer, then you get to use two additional votes as “customer appreciation votes.” To use these additional votes, just go to, log in, search for Dominican Sunday and cast your ballot!

In the spirit of Election Day, please click here to vote between now and September 19 for a local charity that has done a lot for our community – Dominican Sunday.