Brooklyn Community Board 2 is one of 59 geographically exclusive, independent City agencies that serve as the most local form of representative government in New York City. The community board consists of up to 50 non-salaried members, organized in committees and led by elected officers. The board is supported by a small paid staff.
Read more about the membership of Community Board 2
Learn who is on the community board's committees
Read an introduction to the district office staff
Community boards and their members are governed by several laws and documents. Community boards are established in Chapter 70 ("City Government in the Community") of the New York City Charter. In addition, each of the 59 community boards has its own by-laws.
Access the New York City Charter (PDF)
Read the by-laws of Community Board 2 (PDF)
Although unsalaried, the volunteer members are public officials and are regulated as such. Community board members are subject to Chapter 68 of the New York City Charter ("Conflicts of Interest") and the rules of the City's Conflicts of Interest Board. They must also uphold the New York State Public Officers Law, in particular Article 6, the Freedom of Information Law, and Article 7, the Open Meetings Law.
Access City Charter Chapter 68 and related documents
Read the New York State Freedom of Information Law
Read the New York State Public Officers Law
Pursuant to Section 2800(d) of the New York City Charter, community boards are responsible for the welfare of their respective community districts. More specifically, community boards:
- exercise the initial review of land use applications,
- participate in the City's budget process,
- monitor and evaluate the delivery of municipal services, and
- participate in the review of certain other applications to City and State agencies.
Read more about the community board's responsibilities
History of Community Boards
Contemporary community boards evolved from two earlier forms of neighborhood governance. Robert F. Wagner, then a borough president, formed 12 "Community Planning Councils" in Manhattan in 1951. The councils were charged with advising him on planning and budgetary matters. The city charter revision of 1963, during Wagner's third term as mayor, expanded "Community Planning Boards" throughout the city.
John V. Lindsey, who followed Wagner as mayor, established "Little City Halls" in a small number of community districts. These offices were headed by a district manager appointed by the mayor to oversee the delivery of services in the district.
The adoption of the 1975 City Charter merged the responsibilities of Wagner's "Community Planning Boards" and Lindsey's "Little City Halls," giving the 59 modern community boards the responsibilities listed above. The role of community boards was reaffirmed and expanded when voters approved the charter revision of 1989.