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Community Board application deadline gets extended
BY ANGÉLICA ACEVEDO
The Community Board application
deadline has been extended for
another six weeks, according to
an announcement from Acting Queens
Borough President Sharon Lee.
The application deadline, which
was originally Jan. 31, is now Friday,
That gives individuals who are
interested in becoming a member
of their Community Board over a
month to submit completed, signed
and notarized applications to the
Borough President’s office located in
Queens Borough Hall (120-55 Queens
Blvd., Kew Gardens).
“The extension is to ensure that
the pool of applicants is as robust as
possible,” Lee said.
The Community Board application
is available online at www.queensbp.
org/community-boards, along with
instructions and the 2019 Queens
Community Board Report.
According to an extensive report
by The City, the demographics in
Community Boards citywide tend
to be white and male. The City noted
that there’s still a lot that’s still uncertain
after people voted to change
the City Charter in 2018 in order to
boost diversity within the Boards.
Community Board diversity has
also been a big topic throughout the
current Queens borough president
At a candidate forum in November,
former Councilwoman Elizabeth
Crowley, Councilmen Donovan Richards
and Costa Constantinides, and
retired President of the Latino Officers
Association Anthony Miranda
all agreed to work on making Queens’
Community Boards represent the
diversity of the borough.
There are 59 Community Boards
in New York City, including a total
of 14 in Queens. Community Board
members are unsalaried, civicminded
The board plays an important
advisory role in many aspects of the
neighborhoods they serve, including
land use, zoning, park maintenance,
bike lanes, parking space, liquor
licenses and much more.
Members are appointed by the
Queens borough president, pursuant
to the City Charter, with half of
the appointments nominated by City
Council members representing their
respective community districts, according
to the borough president’s
Memberships come with a twoyear
term, but individuals can
re-apply. Once they re-apply, they
are subject to review and reconsideration.
For this year’s round of
appointments, the two-year term of
service will begin on April 1.
According to the City Charter,
board members can serve until
their successors are appointed, but
“no member may serve more than 60
days after the expiration of his or her
original term unless reappointed by
the borough president.”
Interim Queens Borough President Sharon Lee.
Photo: Angélica Acevedo/QNS
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