Manhattan B.P. Gale A. Brewer Opens Community Board Applications For 2021

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer’s office is accepting applications for membership on Manhattan’s 12 Community Boards and encourages all eligible New Yorkers living, working, or studying in the borough of Manhattan to consider applying.

Community Boards are the most local form of government, comprised of everyday New Yorkers who care about their community and want a shot at tackling their city’s biggest policy questions and how it impacts their neighborhood,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “They are pivotal to shaping the culture, infrastructure, and development of their community and they help New York work: encouraging affordable housing, ensuring that streets are safer, preserving public space, exploring the role of racial justice in landmarking and historic preservation, leading the conversation about resiliency and sustainability, asserting the community’s needs when it comes to NYCHA’s long-term fiscal sustainability, planning neighborhood cleanups in the face of budget cuts, and holding city agencies and elected officials accountable. I encourage all New Yorkers to apply and serve their community in this powerful way.”

Community Board members are appointed to staggered two-year terms by the Manhattan Borough President, with half selected solely by the Borough President and half nominated by the City Council members representing each Community Board district.

Since taking office, Brewer has enhanced the selection process by introducing online applications and a robust review that includes group interviews with discussion and problem-solving components.

Three hundred Community Board seats are up for two-year appointments each year in Manhattan, plus any one-year vacancies created by departing members. There are 12 Community Boards in Manhattan and 59 citywide.

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Applications can be completed online at Applications must be complete and submitted by 5:00 pm Monday, February 1, 2021.

(A PDF version is also available for download and can be mailed to the Borough President’s Office or dropped off in person; printed applications must be postmarked by 5:00 pm, February 1).

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