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Community Boards

Become a Community Board Member!

Submit your application by February 1st

Manhattan’s 12 community boards are local organizations composed of 50 volunteer members serving staggered two-year terms.  Community boards are tasked with being the independent and representative voices of their communities—the most grass-roots form of local government. The boards are pivotal in shaping their communities and work to enhance and preserve the character of the city’s many unique neighborhoods.

I’ve served on my Community Board on the West Side in the past, and I recommend the experience to anyone who cares about our city and borough. If you haven’t already, get to know your Community Board by attending a meeting; all Community Board meetings are open to the public. The full Board of each district meets once a month. Meetings rotate locations but stick to the same monthly times. 

In order to be considered for the April 2014 appointment cycle, download and complete the application (including a copy of your resume or biography) and return it to the Manhattan Borough President’s Office postmarked or hand-delivered no later than February 1, 2014. (All applications received after February 1, 2014 will be kept on file and considered to fill any mid-term vacancies that may arise.)

The application form for potential new members can be downloaded here; the application for potential re-appointment may be downloaded here.

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