Welcome to the web portal of Community Board 2 in the Borough of Queens. The website is an important development in our-on-going efforts to keep all of our constituents informed of issues and events that affect their daily lives. It is also the culmination of a great deal of hard work by our District Manager Debra Markell-Kleinert and Assistant District Manager Mary Ann Gurrado as well as my predecessors and former Chairpersons, Patrick O’Brien and Joe Conley.
As the Chairwoman of Community Board 2, I have the privilege to serve with 49 other Community Board members. We are all appointed either by our Council Member/Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, or our Borough President, Melinda Katz. Each of us lives or works in the district, and are likely to be among your neighbors and friends. None of us receive any compensation for our work, but give our time and effort to further the same goal that you have, to make our great community an even better place to live, work, and raise a family.
Community Board No. 2 is at a dynamic and exciting juncture in time. We are literally at the epicenter of the remarkable growth, development, and possibilities for the future, that have earned the County of Queens, and the district of Community Board 2 in particular, it’s growing reputation as a destination of choice. We earned that reputation because of our wonderful people, our incredible diversity, our vibrant artistic and cultural institutions, and our commitment to realizing the potential community and economic growth that the future holds.
For those of you who are not familiar with Community Board No. 2 or it’s function, it is one of 59 Community Boards in the City of New York, and CB2includes Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside and a small portion of western Maspeth within it’s district. Our role is set out in the NYC Charter, which gives us our mandate.
Among other things, we work with our elected officials and City and State agencies on matters affecting the welfare of our residents, review land use and zoning matters, identify capital and programmatic needs within the district, assist City and State agencies in preparing objectives, priorities, programs and activities, and the monitoring and evaluation of the quality and quantity of services provided by those agencies. Our role also includes public hearings, meetings and outreach, to provide information and awareness about city services and programs, and plans affecting our community.
Community Board 2 represents the interests of both residents and businesses in our community as well as the interests of the Borough of Queens and the City of New York. Please feel free to contact us if you have a complaint, idea, or suggestion as to how we might be an even more effective voice for you.