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City Hallways (Aug. 8): And the winners are...

The results are in

Does your neighborhood have a wish list?

Does your block need street lighting improvements?

Could your community center use a van?

Imagine having a direct vote in how the city spends your tax dollars.

That’s a loose description of how participatory budgeting works. Basically, ideas for projects come from community stakeholders and then are turned into a list of implementable projects that are voted on by the stakeholders.

Last year, Niagara Councilman David A. Rivera used $10,000 of his discretionary funds for those kinds of projects in his district. He did it again in this year’s budget.

The winning projects were announced recently.

The top vote-getter was a sidewalk snow removal tractor to be administered by West Side Community Services. It received 81 votes.

In second place with 79 was technology upgrades at the Grant Street Neighborhood Center.

A third project – a garbage cage at Five Points intersection – also will be funded.

As summer draws to a close …

It seems like it was just yesterday that City Hallways told you about the kick-off of the Mayor’s 16th Annual Summer Reading Challenge.

The program is for students in grades K through 12 and actually was launched near the end of May.

Now it’s coming to an end.

So get those book reports in by Friday for a chance to win prizes ranging from book bags and bicycles to PlayStation and Xbox systems.

Submit the book summaries by email to SummerReadingChallenge@city-buffalo.com; by fax to 851-4134 or by mail or in person at City Hall Room 2301, 65 Niagara Square.

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