Overall opportunities to get more involved vary by district, although the following are generally standard across boards citywide.
Committees are composed of Board members, and non-Board (public) members. As a non-member you will be able to participate in the discussion and make recommendations, although you are not allowed to vote.
Committees are open to the public and are required by the New York State Open Meetings Law to keep full and accurate minutes.
If you’re interested in joining a committee, contact your local community board for more information. Note most boards require an application to be submitted along with a current resume.
As per the city charter, the city’s borough presidents are responsible for appointing board members in their respective boroughs with a portion of the appointment recommended by local council members. For more information, visit your borough president’s website.
Many community boards rely on local volunteers, including board members and other community residents. Volunteer opportunities vary.
For more information, contact your local community board for additional information.