The 50 members of Community Board 2 are appointed by Borough President Marty Markowitz, half in consultation with the City Council members whose districts overlap with the community district. Council Member Stephen Levin, representing the 33rd Council District, recommends ten members to the Borough President and Council Member Letitia James, serving the 35th Council District, recommends 15. The membership is divided into two classes of 25, which serve two-year terms.
The application to become a member is available on the Borough President's website.
Download a new member application
On May 28, 2010, Borough President Markowitz appointed two new members to the community board. The Borough President filled a vacancy with a third new member earlier in the year. He also re-appointed 24 members whose terms expired on March 31, 2010.
Since then, four members have resigned, two of whom were replaced by the Borough President on November 5, 2010. There are currently 48 members on Community Board 2 and two vacancies.
Download the current appointment roster (Word)
Section VIII of the by-laws of Community Board 2 sets forth the process for the election of officers. On December 9, 2010, the community board elected its officers for calendar year 2011, as follows:
- John Dew — Chairperson
- Irene Janner — First Vice Chairperson
- Lenue ("Lenny") Singletary — Second Vice Chairperson
- Alejandro Varela — Secretary
Section 2800(a) of the New York City Charter states, in part, "The borough president shall assure adequate representation from the different geographic sections and neighborhoods within the community district." Although only one of the many considerations when appointing members to a community board, geographic representativeness helps ensure that community boards have first-hand knowledge about every part of their community district.
According to the 2000 United States Census, 98,602 people resided in Brooklyn Community District 2. The approximate populations and relative sizes of the geographically larger neighborhoods, along with proportional targets and actual number of community board members who reside there, are listed below.
City Employees as Members
Also included in Section 2800(a) is the requirement, "Not more than twenty-five percent of the appointed members shall be city employees." At the present time, six of the 48 members of Community Board 2, or 12.5 percent, work for the City. Three are employed by the Human Resources Administration. The others work at the Administration for Childrens Services, the Department of Consumer Affairs and the Department of Education. Board members who work for the City should familiarize themselves with Conflicts of Interest Board Advisory Opinion 91-03.
Download Advisory Opinion 91-03 (Word)