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BRONX TIMES REPORTER, S BTR EPTEMBER 6-12, 2019 15
Community members watch, listen, voice their concerns and ask questions at Community
Board 10’s Health and Human Services committee meeting on Tuesday, June 18. The comments
and questions concerned a possible drug facility on East Tremont Avenue -- an idea
that was shelved the next day. Photo by Jewel Webber
An exclusive look at
BY ALEX MITCHELL
The borough president’s offi ce released
a new report regarding Bronx
community board demographics on
Wednesday, September 4.
The analysis measured mostly the
split between boards’ male to female
ratio and whether or not members
were above or under 50 years of age in
addition to their primary civic interests
such as veteran status.
Belmont’s Community Board 6 has
the most women serving in the Bronx
with its 26 female members making up
a major percentage of the 38-person
board while also boasting the most
military veterans appointed to any
Bronx community board at 5. Meanwhile,
Soundview’s CB 9 boasts reciprocal
numbers as it has 20 men making
up 65 percent of its 31 total board
Besides those two extremes, many
of the other ten Bronx boards had relatively
even ratios as far as gender is
Age diversity ranged very wide in
the borough president’s data, though.
Many of the borough’s community
boards are made up of residents over
the age of 50, statistically speaking.
Only eight of the 40 active members
on Throggs Neck’s CB 10 are under 50
according to the fi ndings, while Morris
Park’s CB 11 saw the same number
of under 50-year-olds within its 44-person
body and Eastchester’s CB 12 has
a similar lopsided ratio with only 10 of
its 46 members under 50.
Hunts Point’s CB 2 has 26 of its 34
members aged 50 or older as well.
CB 9 is the only board to see a majority
of members younger than 50
with a 16 to 15 person split between its
31 total board members.
Mosholu Parkway’s CB 7 also had a
more even age ratio with a 22 to 20 split
of members over and under 50-yearsold.
The highest number of board vacancies
were found in CB 2, 5, and 9, with
each having 13 open spots per board as
of Friday, August 23.
Throughout the summer many of
the boards slashed vacancy numbers
to nearly half of what they were in
Over the summer months CB 9
fi lled 15 of its borough high 28 vacancies
while CB 6 fi lled 11 of its 20 openings.
CB 11 had the least vacancies in the
borough at only two in August, adding
eight new members for its ten openings.
“Word of mouth is an important
tool for recruiting community board
members. Members of the borough
president’s staff, who interact with
residents and community leaders
throughout the borough, encourage
them to consider applying for community
board membership,” the report indicated.
CB 3 is still needs 11 members to
complete is ranks.
Community board appointments
and reappointments are made at the
discretion of the borough president in
consultation with the local City Council
members, explained the borough
president’s communications director,
“We have a long internal process. In
the end we make the selections based
on how we believe people will represent
both our offi ce and their respective
communities,” he said.