Category: Community Boards

Join your local community board! 2020 applications are now available.

Manhattan’s 12 community boards are local organizations each 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.

Manhattan Paper Challenge Quarter One Winners!

Today I announced the winners of the first quarter of the Manhattan Paper Challenge along with Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Sanitation Bridget Anderson, members of the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board and Pratt Industries 100% of the paper that Department of Sanitation trucks collect in Manhattan’s is barged to Pratt Industries’ recycling mill on Staten Island where the paper is “pulped” and then used by their corrugated plant… Read more

Help your neighborhood recycle more! Join the Manhattan Paper Recycling Challenge.

100% of the paper that Department of Sanitation trucks collect in Manhattan’s is barged to Pratt Industries’ recycling mill on Staten Island where the paper is “pulped” and then used by their corrugated plant nearby and fabricated into new paper products, resulting in a rare sustainable “closed loop.” (Approximately 15% of NYC pizza boxes are made right there!) But the plants have excess capacity—so Pratt Industries, the plants’ owner, is… Read more

New Community Board appointments announced

Gale speaks to a crowd at Natural History Museum This year’s slate of Manhattan’s 12 Community Board appointments include 89 new members–four of them teens–among the 320 total appointees (from a totel of 651 applicants). Following this latest round of appointments, 93 percent of all appointees now live in the district in which they are appointed. See the complete list of Manhattan Community Board members and appointees (by term) here. If you’ve followed the process at all, you know… Read more

Brewer invites Manhattanites to Winter 2019 Community Board Leadership Development trainings

room full of people for the Winter 2019 Leadership Training series NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer announced the return of her Leadership Development Training series, a slate of workshops and seminars designed to hone the expertise of Community Board members and other Borough President appointees on important local government functions. “Community Boards are made up of dedicated, civic-minded volunteers who should have every tool at their disposal to solve problems in their community and responsibly plan for… Read more

Applications for Manhattan Community Board membership now open!

Gale speaking at a podium to a room full of people Community Board membership applications are now open: We’re looking for passionate and engaged New Yorkers who are dedicated to making a difference in their neighborhoods. Community Boards play an important role in shaping the character of our city. If you live or work in one of Manhattan, you’re eligible to apply for the 2019-2021 class of board members! You can apply online here. The online application must be completed… Read more

Annual training for community board members at AMNH under the whale!

Attendees of the community board reception gather in AMNH's Whale Room Community board members from across Manhattan gathered Tuesday for a reception in the American Museum of Natural History’s cavernous Milstein Hall of Ocean Life to reconnect with each other and learn more about their roles. Jim Caras, General Counsel and Land Use Director in my office made a presentation on the passage of the City Council’s Charter Revision Commission (as opposed to the Mayor’s version underway now). Hearings are due… Read more

Brewer Announces Community Board Leadership Development training series

The Office of Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer is pleased to announce our Fall 2017 Leadership Training series. This series will cover topics important to Community Board members and appointees. Trainings are open to the public, however registration priority will be given to Manhattan Community Board members and other Borough President appointees. Please register online to attend. Click here for more information on the trainings, dates and locations.… Read more

Faith-based Organizations and Real Estate Development Conference & Community Board Applicant Interview Panels Update

Faith-Based Organization Development Conference Rescheduled The Faith-Based Organization Development Conference that was cancelled tomorrow (Tuesday, March 14) has been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 19, 2017. It will be at the same time (8 am – 12:30 pm) and same place 60 Wall Street, 47th Floor. If you received this email, you do not need to register again. Your seat is already reserved. We will send you another email a few… Read more

Wall Street Journal: Post-Election Surge in Applicants to New York City Boards

The Wall Street Journal’s Thomas MacMillan reported yesterday on how our office is experiencing a surge in applications to Community Boards. “Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer said that while her office has been putting more effort into community-board recruitment, the increase in applications is also linked to the election. Her office received 1,030 applications this year for 300 open spots on Manhattan’s 12 community boards, up from 785 in 2016… Read more