Community Boards are local representative bodies, in the City of New York. There are 59 Community Boards created by a City Charter amendment in 1975. Each borough is divided geographically; Brooklyn has 18 Community Boards.
Community Board 17 is unique due to its size, location, population and community needs. It has a host of public facilities, public spaces, businesses, service providers and other amenities not found in many other communities located throughout the metropolitan area.
Community Board 17, like all community boards within NYC, plays a very important advisory role in dealing with land use and zoning matters, the City budget, municipal service delivery and many other matters relating to the community’s welfare.
Community Board 17 consists of a full-time District Manager with three staff members that receive and work to resolve residents’ service delivery problems. The Board is comprised of 50 unpaid members, appointed by the Borough President in consultation with the New York City Council members who represent parts of the Board district.
Any person with a residence, business, professional or other significant interest in Community District, in a given area is eligible for appointment to the Community Board serving that area.
EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OF THE BOARD
Joan Alexander-Bakiriddin – Chairperson
Timothy Hunter – First Vice Chair
Asshur Cunningham – Second Vice Chair
Orlando Ross – Treasurer
Pending – Secretary
Sherif Fraser – District Manager
For information on areas bounded by Brooklyn Community Board 17 click on Maps and Statistics.
The Community Board meets monthly, except in the summer, to discuss community issues, monitor government service, and advise City agencies on matters concerning our neighborhoods. CB17 hosts its General Board Meeting on the Third Wednesday of the month at various locations throughout the community.
Board Meetings are open to the public and the public is allowed to speak during “Community Session”. While only Board members can vote, Non-Board members can apply to join a Board Committee. Committees do most of the Planning and work for the items which are acted on at a Board meeting.
WHO SERVES ON COMMUNITY BOARDS?
A Board is a group of up to 50 volunteers who live, work or have other interest in the area. Each member represents the interests and needs of his or her neighborhood. Each member is appointed for two years by the Borough President; half on nomination by the City Council members who represents the area. Officers are elected annually from this group. Each Board has by-laws by which it governs itself.
A District Manager is hired by the Board members to oversee the delivery of City services and operate the daily business functions of the Board. The board also hires a small staff to take care of the daily operations and help members of the community with City Service Delivery.
WHAT ARE THE COMMUNITY BOARD’S RESPONSIBILITIES?
- Zoning Matters – Any change in or variance from the zoning resolution must come before the Board for its opinion through a public hearing process. These are mostly applications made to the Board of Standards and Appeals.
- Land Use – Community Boards must be consulted on the placement of most municipal facilities in the community, City land acquisition and other land use issues. These include applications made to the Department of City Planning for Uniform Land Use Review Procedures (ULURP) Zoning Map and Text amendment changes.
- City Budget – Community Boards assess the needs of their own neighborhoods and make recommendations in the City’s budget process to address them.
- Other Community Matters – Any problem which affects part or all of the community: traffic, transportation, education, environment, housing and buildings is a concern of a Board. These include recommendations for State Liquor licensing and franchises.
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
Community Board Districts share the same boundaries with local City Services including the Police Precinct, the Sanitation District, The Fire Department, the Parks Department District for maintenance, the Department of Transportation Highway Operations and social service agencies such as the Department of Youth and Community Development and the Department of Social Services.
The District Manager meets with representatives and other City agency representatives at the community board office to discuss and evaluate service delivery. Once a month the Borough President holds a Borough Service Cabinet meeting with all 18 Brooklyn District Managers and City Agency representatives to discuss matters of mutual concerns. The Chair of the Community Board meets monthly with the Borough President at Brooklyn Borough Hall with the other Board Chairs and the local elected officials for a Borough board meeting to discuss borough-wide concerns.