Best Practices for Recruitment and Appointments to Community Boards

New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

New York City Council Chamber
City Hall
New York, NY 10007
United States

You are cordially invited to join us for a hearing of the Government Operations committee at City Hall on Monday, March 3, 2014 at 1:00PM on best practices for recruitment and appointments to community boards.

Four new Borough Presidents and 21 new City Council Members along with their previously elected colleagues will be making 1,475 appointments to 59 community boards spanning all five boroughs between April 1st and May 30th.

In 2006, then Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer instituted reforms for independent screening of applicants to make community boards more diverse, competent and acceptable.  In 2012, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. launched a Bronx Community Board District Managers Taskforce on District Office Management that has already released a report with a laundry list of proposed reforms.  New Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has announced an online application as part of reforms to fill on-going vacancies and replace truants with volunteers that are more representative of the communities they will be representing.  New Borough President James Oddo has made the office more accessible holding an open house as well as revamping online presence with a new website and social media. New Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewers is instituting a screening process with a committee of staff and representatives from good government, civic, and community groups.  With all these separate efforts out there it is our hope to facilitate knowledge sharing of these and other best practices.

We invite you to participate by providing two-minutes of oral testimony along with twenty (20) double-sided copies of your written testimony of any length.  Please let us know if you will be joining us by electronic mail to or calling 212-860-1950.