CEC in the News

CEC in the News

Language Access at the Polls, Explained

November 8, 2022
A patchwork of agencies, stakeholders and community groups help provide language-specific educational materials and translation services around city elections, what experts say is essential to making sure residents aren’t locked out of the democratic process.
Read more about the “Pollsite Language Assistance Program”

City Agencies Host Bronx “Idea Generation” Session on “The People’s Money”

November 1st, 2022
 New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced the launch, on Sept. 14, of The People’s Money initiative, a citywide participatory budgeting process, whereby New Yorkers decide how to spend allotted funds to improve their local communities. Now, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA), NYC Civic Engagement Commission (CEC) are highlighting an upcoming series of boroughwide, idea generation sessions on “The People’s Money.”

Read more about “The People’s Money”

It’s the people’s money: Why we’re expanding participatory budgeting

September 15, 2022
Imagine coming together to discuss what your community requires — whether it’s mental health counseling, community gardens, job fairs or photography classes — and then being able to access city funds to meet those needs.
Read about the It's the People's Money

New citywide participatory budgeting effort launches Wednesday in the Bronx with public event

September 14, 2022
In tune with a 2018 ballot referendum, the NYC Civic Engagement Commission is expanding participatory budgeting on a citywide scale, giving residents a say on services and programs to fund.
Read about the New Citywide Participatory Budgeting

Staten Islanders celebrate diversity at festival in Huguenot

June 4, 2022
Hosted by Project Hospitality and the New York City Civic Engagement Commission, the small churchyard was awash in the smells of foods and the colorful sights and sounds of several local musical performance troupes.
Read about the Celebrate Diversity Festival

What Can $1.3 Million Accomplish? NYC Residents Are Getting a Say

May 11, 2022
More than a decade after launching participatory budgeting programs in several districts, the city is taking the idea to all five boroughs.
Read the story on Next City

Queens nabes get cut of the 'People's Money'

April 6, 2022
"The People's Money," is the name given to the Civic Engagement Commission's participatory budgeting process, which was run for the first time this year and focused on neighborhoods most affected by the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read the story on Queens Daily Eagle

Four Bronx Council Members Give Constituents New Power to Vote on Local Spending, Even as Five Others Pull Out

March 17,2022
"Participatory budgeting" directing funds to community projects comes to parts of the borough formerly on the sidelines — but some local reps are reclaiming control over funds formerly steered by the people.
Read the story on The City

Building Public Trust Through Collaborative Governance

March 17, 2022
For a more equitable, inclusive, multiracial, and multiethnic democracy, we must invest substantive, resourced, and long-term decision-making power in the public.
Read the story on Stanford Social Innovation Review

NYC & CEC Investments $1.3M For Low-Income Neighborhoods From Harlem To Hollis

March 9, 2022
City agency partners worked to reach low-income New Yorkers, immigrants and people of color, using canvassers, multilingual community and ethnic print media, social media and radio ads, bus shelter and LinkNYC kiosks ads, and leveraging the TRIE Neighborhood Initiative made up of local community-based organizations in the targeted 33 neighborhoods.
Read the story on Harlem World

New York City Engages Disadvantaged Neighborhoods to Determine Funding Priorities

February 23, 2022
"The People's Money," the participatory budgeting process supports 33 neighborhoods hit hardest by COVID-19. These investments total $1.3 million and are earmarked for the support of a more fair recovery in the city. In all, 29,000 New Yorkers voted on how to spend the money.
Read the story on Ebony

Interview with CBS New York on "How to Make The Changes You Want In Your Community"

December 22, 2020
CEC Chair Dr. Sarah Sayeed and the Coro PB Youth Fellows discuss how to stay civically engaged with CBS New York.