NEW YORK CITY — Curious about what your local City Council member is doing with your tax money? Here's your chance to find out.
The interactive graphic above shows how much discretionary funding each Council member was given in this year's budget, which was released last month.
Discretionary funds, distributed by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, are given to each member with the intention of supporting local nonprofit organizations. Mark-Viverito overhauled the process for fiscal year 2015, which runs from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015 — giving every council member $660,000, plus additional funds for representatives of more impoverished districts.
Each council member was given $400,000 in base funding, plus $110,000 for aging initiatives and $150,000 for youth programs. They were then allocated an extra $25,000, $50,000, $75,000 or $100,000 based on the poverty level in their district, as determined by 2012 American Community Survey data.
To use the chart above, select your borough and then find your council member. Click here if you're not sure who represents you.
*Note: The graphic places Melissa Mark-Viverito in the Bronx. Her district covers both East Harlem and the South Bronx.