It’s Time to Apply for Manhattan Community Board Membership

Posted on: January 10th, 2020 at 5:05 am by

Community Board 3 meeting, July 2017

It’s that time of year again – Manhattan Community Board membership applications are now available for submission.

The oft-polarizing (volunteer) political machine of New Yorkers is once again seeking some fresh faces. Each Community Board has fifty seats, filled for two-year terms by volunteers, and ultimately selected by the Borough President and local City Council members. Half the seats are up for appointment or reappointment every year.

To be considered for the upcoming class of board members, apply online here (strongly preferred) or complete a paper application (postmarked by January 21). All applications are due by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, January 21. And then comes the interview process.

Appointments will be announced in March.

Additionally, there are term limits to consider. In 2018, New Yorkers overwhelmingly voted to pass “Proposal 3,” which imposes an eight-year term limit on the volunteer members sitting on community boards around the Five Boroughs (i.e. four consecutive two-year terms, but can rejoin after two-year hiatus).

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