When Participatory Budgeting came to New York City in 2011, it was met with enthusiasm across Queens. The City Council called it “revolutionary” and residents saw it as an example of democracy in action. But five years into the process, which allows citizens to spend at least $1 million of their Council member’s discretionary funds, the passion is waning. Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) was the first in Queens to adopt PB.
The TimesLedger Newspapers has taken an in-depth look at how the program has worked in his district.
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