Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Be Active With Your Community Board...

According to The New York City Website, The Community Board serves the following functions:
"Boards have an important advisory role in dealing with land use and zoning matters, the City budget, municipal service delivery, and many other matters relating to their communities' welfare.

Community Boards must be consulted on placement of most municipal facilities in the community and on other land use issues. They may also initiate their own plans for the growth and well being of their communities. Also, any application for a change in or variance from the zoning resolution must come before the Board for review, and the Board's position is considered in the final determination of these applications.

Community Boards assess the needs of their own neighborhoods, meet with City agencies, and make recommendations in the City's budget process to address them.

Any problem which affects part or all of the community, from a traffic problem to deteriorating housing, is a proper concern of a Community Board.

The Community Board, its District Manager, and its office staff serve as advocates and service coordinators for the community and its residents. They cannot order any City agency or official to perform any task, but Boards are usually successful in resolving the problems they address."

In New York City, The Community Boards are divided into various regions by borough. For example, Brooklyn's Community Board 8 covers the following neighborhoods: Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, and Weeksville. It caters to the residents who live within the confines of the 77th Precinct. Each Community Board holds monthly meetings. All types of information is given out at these meetings; including information on: construction projects, community budgets, community events, free community programs, and various types of available jobs and job training programs.

to locate Brooklyn's Community Boards.
CLICK HERE to locate The Bronx's Community Boards.
CLICK HERE to locate Manhattan's Community Boards.
CLICK HERE to locate Queens' Community Boards.
CLICK HERE to locate Staten Island's Community Boards.

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