City Council Passes Vote Allowing 16 and 17 Year Olds to Serve On Community Boards

Posted on: June 12th, 2014 at 6:09 am by
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Kids will soon have the opportunity to throw their two cents into the Community Board ring.

Yesterday, Borough President Gale Brewer announced that City Council passed Resolution 115, in favor of allowing sixteen and seventeen year olds to be appointed to NYC Community Boards. Prior to this, the minimum age teens could do their civic duty was eighteen. And you won’t have to worry about those damn kids running amok on your lawn; the bill caps the number serving within this age bracket at two per board.

“I have been working for years to ensure that young people have a greater voice in their communities. Allowing them to serve on Community Boards benefits communities by bringing a needed youth perspective to the forefront – and benefits youth by engaging them in civic activities at a young age. I join the Council in calling on Albany to pass legislation to make this happen,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer.

It will be interesting to see if teens are appointed by the Borough President, or nominated by Council Members (all CBs are split between appointments and elections, totaling up to 50 members). Regardless, it sounds like a decent opportunity to get teens to participate and engage in the politics of the neighborhoods they live and work. And would make for a nice little notch on the ol’ college application, as well.

Do you think the LES will benefit from youth appointed to Community Board 3?

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