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NEW YORK (AP) A New York City councilman is being honored by President Barack Obama.

Brad Lander, a Democrat, was elected to the council in 2009 and represents Brooklyn's 39th District. He'll be named a "Champion of Change" at a Tuesday ceremony at the White House.

Lander is being honored for making the public a part of his budget process. His constituents rather than the councilman decide how millions of dollars in discretionary funds are spent.

Eight of the council's 51 members now participate in the program he initiated.

The White House says Obama created Champions of Change to honor people and groups that "positively impact" their communities.

Neighborhoods in Lander's district include Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens and Park Slope.