The office of Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo held the first of several neighborhood assemblies last week at the Willoughby Senior Center. The councilwoman herself is out on maternity leave.
The session provided seniors with information on how to participate in the budgeting process, as well as some information about the demographics of their neighborhood.
Participatory budgeting asks residents to nominate projects and ultimately decide how to spend $1 million of their council member’s discretionary budget. Residents as young as 14 years old can vote, and you do not have to be a registered voter to participate.
Members of the senior center asked for more services for their population, including investments in the senior center, more healthcare options and increased transportation.
According to program manager Wendy Harvey, Cumbo’s office reached out to them about hosting the first neighborhood assembly.
“It makes it easy for them to participate,” Harvey said. “Everybody is very concerned about the seniors getting what they need and what they want.”