Community Boards in New York City are local representative bodies that provide a platform for public input and dialogue on community decisions and city services. They play an advisory role in dealing with land use and zoning matters, city budget, municipal service delivery, and many other matters relating to their communities.
There are 59 Community Boards in New York City – 12 in Manhattan, 12 in the Bronx, 18 in Brooklyn, 14 in Queens, and 3 in Staten Island. Each Community Board is made up of up to 50 volunteer members appointed by the Borough President, with half of the members nominated by the district's City Council members. Board members are required to live, work, or have a significant interest in the district.
Community Boards have a variety of responsibilities, including:
They have an important role in city governance and provide a level of local control and influence over a wide range of issues. However, it's important to note that while they have the power to advise and advocate, they don't have the authority to enforce laws or regulations.