Community Board No. 4, Brooklyn, New York City
About CB4

Community Board #4 is located in the northeast section of Brooklyn. Its boundaries are: from Flushing Avenue to Conway Street, odd side of Broadway, Eastern Parkway Extension, and the Brooklyn/Queens borough line.


What does the District Office Do?

The Community Board 4 District Office has two primary functions - to process citizen's complaints and request for services and to provide administrative support for the Community Board.

Community Board #4, like all the community boards within the NYC, has an important advisory role in dealing with land use and zoning matters, the City budget, municipal service delivery, and many other matters relating to the welfare of their community.


Land Use and Zoning

Community Boards must be consulted on placement of most municipal facilities in the community and on other land use issues. They may also initiate their own plans for the growth and well being of their community. Any application for a change in or variance from the zoning resolution must come before the Board for review, and the Board's position is considered in the final determination of these applications.


City Budget

Community Boards evaluate the needs of their own neighborhood, meet with city agencies, and make recommendation in the City's budget process to address them.


Other Community Concerns

Just about any complaint that involves a municipal service can be called into the District Office. This includes such items as, but is not limited to:

  • a traffic problem
  • missing or damaged signs
  • malfunctioning traffic or street light
  • clogged catch basins
  • reporting a pothole

Limitations

The Community Board, the District Manager, and the office staff serve as advocates and service coordinators for the community and its residents. Although they cannot order any City agency or official to perform a task, they are usually successful in resolving the problems they address. So if you have municipal issues that you have not been able to solve, feel free to give the board a call.


Membership

Community boards are local representative bodies. There are 59 throughout the City. Each Board consists of up to 50 unsalaried members appointed by the Borough President, with half nominated by the City Council members who represent the community district. Board members are selected by the Borough Presidents from among active, involved people from the community. To make sure that every neighborhood is represented each board member must reside, work, or have some other significant interest in the community.


Meetings

Board meetings are held each month, with the exception of July and August. At these meetings members address items of concern to the community. Board meetings are open to the public, and a portion of each meeting is reserved for the Board to hear from members of the public. In addition, the Board regularly conducts public hearings - on the City's budget, on land use matters, and other major issues in order to give the people of the community the opportunity to express their opinions.


The Board Office

The District Manager and the Board staff are hired by a Community Board and serve at the Board's pleasure. The District Manager establishes an office, hires staff, and implements procedures to improve the delivery of City services to the district. District Managers play many differed roles. They are complaint takers, municipal managers, information sources, community organizers, mediators, advocates, and much more. The main responsibility of the District Office is to receive and resolve complaints from community residents. Many Board offices have assumed the responsibility of providing additional services. These include processing permits for block parties, street fairs, etc. In addition, some offices may handle special projects depending on community needs.



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