Borough President Urges Residents to Join Community Boards

Today's news conference at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association on Mott Street.

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer came to Chinatown today in search of a few good men and women. As the application deadline approaches to join the city’s community boards, he joined City Councilmember Margaret Chin and community activists to urge downtown residents to consider serving on CB1, 2 or 3.

Since taking office in 2006, Stringer says the Asian membership of Community Board 3 has tripled. This year, the borough president would like to see even more Asians join the boards, as well as people representing other ethnic groups and younger residents.

Tomorrow night, his office is hosting an information session specifically for “young professionals” interested in applying for board positions.  It takes place at 6:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 1 Centre Street (19th floor).  You can RSVP by 212-669-4465 or sending an email to: conference@manhattanbp.org.

Stringer appoints all of the members of Manhattan’s 12 community boards. Half of the appointees are chosen in collaboration with City Council members. A screening panel decides which applicants are eligible. The deadline to apply is January 13th. More info on the application process available on the BP’s web site.

One other note. In the weeks ahead, Stringer will by trying to lower the age limit for community members to 16. It will require legislation in Albany.