New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

Freshman Councilman Ben Kallos, representing the Upper East Side, held a hearing Monday as chair of the Government Operations committee aimed at overhauling the application and appointment process to the city’s 59 community boards.

Kallos’ office reported about 1,500 spots were opening across the five boroughs, and that reforms in recent years had been achieved but never standardized.

“There is tremendous opportunity to share knowledge and best practices across the five boroughs,” said Kallos in a press release.

The hearing featured testimony from community board chairs, good government groups, and other elected officials including borough presidents, and centered on improving, across the board, standardization and transparency in the recruitment and appointment process.

“We have a chance to do the appointment and recruitment process right across all five boroughs,” said Kallos in an interview after the hearing.  “This hearing provided an excellent forum for knowledge-sharing, so that best practices from one borough can become the norm across all five.”

Borough presidents must make the appointments before May 30.  According to a Kallos spokesperson, his office is in the process of gathering information from the hearing and will create a set of recommendations.  “We will be considering a number of different options for this action,” said the spokesperson.  


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