Here’s a reminder that information sessions get underway tonight for people interested in joining one of New York’s 59 community boards. Half of all members will be appointed or re-appointed by the borough presidents, in consultation with City Council members this coming spring, Applications are due January 18. The first info session takes place this evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building at 1 Centre Street. There’s another session January 8th. More details here. If you’re thinking of applying, it’s a good idea to check out a community board meeting. The next Community Board 3 gathering is next Tuesday, December 18, 6:30 p.m., at P.S. 20, 166 Essex Street.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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.
It just keeps getting weirder and weirder in Albany. The deposed Democrats lock the door to the Senate chamber so the new GOP majority can't get in. The Republicans, for their part, plan to hold court in a park (not a great day for a picnic, unfortunately). And the story behind the coup: the upstate billionaire who just can't stand people who use blackberrys during meetings! Meanwhile, nothing that actually matters to the people of New York is getting done.
Tenant Planet.org says the 1st District City Council race is getting more interesting all the time.
More than 300 supporters of New York's community boards rallied at City Hall, protesting the mayor's budget cuts.
The Tenement Museum staff picks the tastiest treats in the neighborhood.
A New York Post analysis shows some encouraging early signs from a controversial program that pays students who improve their performance on standardized tests. The Post story mentions P.S. 188 on Houston Street, where: "76 percent of fourth-graders met or exceeded state benchmarks in
English — 39.6 percentage points higher than last year, when the kids
were in third grade."
The Gotham Gazette has an in-depth piece on the future of community boards in New York, exploring whether how they will fare in Mayor Bloomberg's assessment of city government.
An Choi on Orchard Street debuts its backyard and adds items to the menu.
The Post profiles "The Dressing Room," on Orchard Street, declaring it's part of a "fusion bar" trend — combining shopping and drinking.