CEC in the News

CEC in the News

The city wants to fund your community improvement ideas with ‘The People’s Money’

October 12, 2023

A participatory budgeting process to allow New Yorkers to decide how to spend part of the city’s budget, a fairly novel initiative coined the “The People’s Money,” is now open for idea submissions

Read the full piece from QNS.

Chief Democracy Officer Kathleen Daniel Joins the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC

September 19, 2023

Chief Democracy Officer Kathleen Daniel joins Brigid Bergin for WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show to talk National Voter Registration Day!

NYC Earmarks $200,000 in Funds for 2 Staten Island Projects

August 2, 2023

A pair of Staten Island projects scored more than $200,000 after the first-ever citywide participatory budgeting vote, Mayor Eric Adams’ administration announced Wednesday.

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NYC Residents Can Vote On How To Spend $5M In Funding For Community Projects

June 20, 2023

A total of $5 million will be split and distributed to community projects in all five boroughs. The program is called “The People’s Money.” It’s the first-ever citywide participatory budgeting program run by the New York City Civic Engagement Commission.

Queens Can Now Vote On How To Spend ‘The People’s Money’ 

May 24, 2023
Throughout The People’s Money process, the CEC has been focused on manifesting community power and meeting New Yorkers where they are at. During this voting phase we will continue our robust efforts to engage equitably with residents across the five boroughs,” said Dr. Sarah Sayeed, the chair and executive director of the NYC Civic Engagement Commission. “Participatory budgeting is a pathway into civic engagement that enables communities to move their voice into action on decisions that impact their lives.

Read more via Queens Daily Eagle

This Former NYC Correction Bus Is Now A Massive Mobile Puppet Named ‘Tippy’

May 23, 2023
Meet Tippy: The Tender People's Money Monster, a large-scale puppet that is now a community center on wheels. “The People’s Bus is a gymnasium for the human imagination. A place to exercise our creativity together to imagine a future where all New Yorkers take care of each other,” said Yazmany Arboleda, The People’s Artist.

Read more via Secret NYC 

The Mayors Op-Ed: The People’s Money—Your Money To Improve Your Community 

May 22, 2023
Have you ever looked around your neighborhood and thought—it would be great if we could have a community garden here? Or maybe more after-school programs for students or special services for seniors? Now, you can bring those ideas to life. “The People’s Money” is the first-ever citywide participatory budgeting process run by our Civic Engagement Commission (CEC), and from today until June 25th, 2023. all New York City residents ages 11 and older – regardless of immigration status – can vote on how to spend $5 million dollars of our city’s budget.

Read more via Harlem World Magazine

Here's How You Can Help Decide Where Millions of Dollars from NYC's Budget Is Going

May 19, 2023
​​It’s called “The People’s Money,” a “participatory budgeting” initiative brought to life in Sept. 2022 by NYC Mayor Eric Adams and the Civic Engagement Commission (CEC). The city’s budget has set aside $5 million to fund projects that win the vote.

Read more via NBC

Voting Begins: Participatory Budgeting From Harlem To Hollis Takes NYC By Storm

May 18, 2023
As we work towards a more equitable city, the launch of ‘The People’s Money’ represents a significant step towards inclusiveness,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams. “By allowing all New York City residents to vote on how to spend $5 million of mayoral expense funding, we are empowering communities to have a direct say in addressing their needs. I encourage all eligible residents to participate in this historic participatory budgeting process and help shape the future of our great city.

Read more via Harlem World Magazine

May 17, 2023
Participatory budgeting gives New Yorkers the power to decide what community programs to fund, to improve infrastructure in their communities. Dr. Sarah Sayeed spoke with Pix11 about this historic process.

How should the city spend $5 million? New Yorkers can help decide.

May 17, 2023
For the first time, New Yorkers anywhere in the city who want a say on how and where to spend a pool of taxpayer money can cast their votes in-person or online through June 25.

Read the full article from Brigid Bergin via Gothamist

Here are the community programs Brownsville residents can vote to fund

May 5, 2023
Starting May 10, residents of the neighborhood aged 11 and up, regardless of immigration or incarceration status, will have seven weeks to vote (in-person or online) for one of five shortlisted projects, which were crowd-sourced by fellow community members.

Read the full article via Brooklyn Paper

The People’s Money: Artist Collective

In February of 2023, we launched an Open Call in partnership with the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, seeking five artists to help us build the creative identity for The People’s Money: Citywide Participatory Budgeting Get Out the Vote campaign.

Read more about the Artist Collective

How New York Is Giving Residents A Voice In The City Budget

December 16, 2022
The model can transform how mainstream funding is allocated, in a time when residents are “hungry to have more of a meaningful say on issues that affect their lives,” one advocate says.

Read the full article via Next City

NYC launching citywide office to coordinate and improve community engagement

December 14, 2022
"We are committed to ensuring that New Yorkers have the tools they need to better engage with government and access its benefits, but to also do it in a more streamlined, simple-to-use manner," New York City Mayor Eric Adams said in a statement. "The newly created Office of Engagement will ensure that we continue to collaborate, coordinate, and prioritize engagement across all agencies and that New Yorkers have a say in our policies, priorities, and resources."

Learn more about the office of engagement

New York City Mayor Adams Establishes First-Ever Office Of Engagement

December 14, 2022
"The designation of a chief engagement officer and the strengthening of New York City's civic engagement and outreach infrastructure will ensure that communities that have had historically limited access will now have meaningful influence," said Marco A. Carrión, executive director of El Puente and former commissioner, New York City Community Affairs Unit. "The combined experience, talent, and commitment that Betsy MacLean, Dr. Sarah Sayeed and all the exceptional leaders appointed today to bring to their roles will spur a definite shift in how our communities' voices are centered."

Learn more about the Office of Engagement

Queens residents take part in first-ever citywide participatory budgeting process.

November 12, 2022
"Participatory budgeting is one pathway for engagement that enables communities to move their voice into action on decisions that impact their lives," CEC Executive Director Dr. Sarah Sayeed said. "We believe that by working together with people affected by policies, we can identify and solve our collective challenges and build the interdependence required for a healthy and resilient democracy."

Learn more about The People's Money

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."

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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.