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News from Gale Brewer

Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island BPs to Mayor’s Charter Revision Commission: Don’t Weaken Community Boards

Borough Presidents appoint the members of New York City’s 59 community boards, we work more closely with the boards than other elected officials, and we are the boards’ first and most direct source of advice and technical support. We know what it takes for boards to do their job well, and we know how important that job is — because community boards are neighborhoods’ 2018-08-21 – LettertoCharterRevisionCommissionChairPeralesearly-warning system and advocate during high-stakes land use and real estate negotiations.

That’s why I joined my counterparts from the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island to write to the chairman of the mayor’s 2018 Charter Revision Commission, sounding the alarm over proposals that would weaken our community boards. The Daily News reported on this issue today, and you can read the full letter here.

Community Boards need to be strong and independent — and they need to be able to rely on experienced members with know-how and institutional memory — if they’re going to properly scrutinize complicated land use proposals and negotiate effectively with real estate power players.

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