Council Member Greenfield – What Web Have You Spun?


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David Greenfield – 44th Council District Vote – Providing Benefits to the ultra-Orthodox of Borough Park

April 29, 2016

How is it, we wonder, that Councilman David Greenfield managed to secure funding for four projects, only one of which strictly benefits everyone in his 44th Council District?

The list of possible projects for the 44th District included: Safety & Security Enhancements at Maplewood Library and separately at Midwood Library, Van for the Auxiliary NYPD Police Squad, B16 Count Down Clock and Beautify Midwood, amongst others.

In addition to the winning projects, we had to know that Greenfield would provide funding somehow to the NYPD and, well… we were right.

“In addition to the top four projects, Greenfield said he will also provide $100,000 for NYPD security cameras in Bensonhurst. That project was the first runner-up in the vote.”

The Top Four Projects were as follows:

  1. Paving Streets in the 44th Council District – “The idea of driving on smooth, pothole-less streets appealed to the residents of the 44th Council District, who voted to make roadway resurfacing the No. 1 item in the 2016 participatory budgeting process.” – This is the only project that is non-denominational.

  2. Hatzolah Mobile Command Center,    (presumably not “Ambulances for Hatzolah Volunteers” because that was not on the list of possibilities).

  3. Ohel – “supplement funding for a new, state of the art center” – Ohel is a Chabad Lubavitch organization.

  4. Beth Jacob UPK Roof Top Jungle


LOCATION: Borough Park

DESCRIPTION: The roof of this building will be turned into a brand new, innovate playground for all children in the UPK program.

COST: $250,000

Beth Jacob of Boro Park is a private Yeshiva. It is easily mixed up with Beth Jacob of Forest Park when searching about it online. It is an all girls school.

Ditmas Park Corner reported on April 26, 2016

Ambulances For Hatzolah Volunteers & Three Other Projects Win Greenfield’s District

Council Member David Greenfield will be funding four projects in his district following the results of this year’s participatory budgeting (PB) process.

Over 2,300 people in Greenfield’s district — which spans Borough Park, Midwood and Bensonhurst — voted in the PB process in late March and early April, deciding how to allocate $1.2 million of public money.

According to Greenfield’s office, the winning projects were the top four vote-getters from a ballot containing 13 projects and initiatives suggested by residents. Those projects will be funded in the upcoming  2016-17 City budget, which goes into effect on July 1st.

“More people cast a ballot in my district this year than ever before,” Greenfield said. “I am thrilled to fund these projects that my constituents have decided are a priority. After all, nobody knows the community better than those who live there.”

Winning Projects (44th Council District):
District-wide street resurfacing by the Department of Transportation — ($200,000);
Ambulances for Hatzolah Volunteers — ($250,000);
New OHEL Community Center — ($500,000); and
Beth Jacob UPK Rooftop Jungle — ($250,000).

Council Member Greenfield said his office will also be securing $100,000 for NYPD security cameras in Benshonurst, which was the first runner-up project in the PB vote.

Information about PB voting results in Council Member Lander, Eugene and Williams’ districts can be found here.

For the article in its entirety click, here.

Additional Sources:

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, April 29, 2016 – “Borough Park residents vote to repave streets”

The Forward, “Yiddish Comes to the Non-Hasidic Orthodox Classroom,” February 20, 2008

Beth Jacob of Boro Park, Niche Rankings


2 thoughts on “Council Member Greenfield – What Web Have You Spun?

  1. PUBLIC money should be used to fund PUBLIC projects. Most of the money is being used for the Chabad Community Center. Nothing to benefit the senior citizens in the district? The public libraries got zilch. Preet, where are you?

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