What is a Community Board?
New York City is divided into 59 geographic Community Districts, each one having a respective Community Board. The Community Boards are municipal bodies of up to 50 representative Board Members. Board Members are appointed by their respective Borough President. Half of them are appointed at the reccommendation of their local City Council Member. They serve in a voluntary capacity for two year staggered terms. Board Members are your neighbors - people who live, work, own a business, or have some other significant interest in the Community District. The Community Board hires a District Manager whi is reponsible for running the District Office.
What does the Community Board do?
The Community Board is the official municipal body whose primary mission is to advise elected officials and government agencies on matters affecting the social welfare of the district.
When and where does the board meet?
Community Board 6 meets at Kew Gardens Community Center, Room 202 / 80-02 Kew Gardens Road. Meetings are normally the Second Wednesday of each month except July and August.
See calendar for upcoming meeting dates and times.
How can I become a Board Member?
If you live or work within our boundaries, you can fill out an application and return it to the Borough President for approval. You can obtain an application from the Borough Presidents Office directly or through the Community Board Office.
How are CB members appointed?
Each CB is made up of unsalaried members appointed by the borough president in consultation with the council members of the district. Board members must reside, work or possess a specific interest in the community they represent. Membership is limited to 50. Applications for membership are available at the CB office.
How can I get more involved in Community Board 6?
1) Report a service complaint or request for service to the District Office.

2) Attend a meeting of the Community Board. Call the District Office and ask to be placed on the mailing list.

3) Sponsor or attend a Civic or Merchant Association Meeting.

4) Join a CB 6 committee. CB 6 takes in applications from non-Board members who are interested in serving on standing committees. However, it is advisable that you attend a meeting prior to requesting membership in order to give you first hand exposure to how the committees function and the types of issues they routinely discuss.

5) Apply to the Community Board. Many non-Board Members who join committees eventually are interested in applying for Board membership. You may do so by contacting the Borough President or by contacting your local Council Member.
What does the District Office do?
The District Office has two primary functions; to process citizen complaints and requests for services and to provide administrative support for the Community Board. The office maintains all public records of all the activities of the Community Board and is responsible for setting up and preparing notices of all meetings and functions. In addition, the office processes street activity permits for block party street closures, requests for tree plantings, and monitors the delivery of municipal services. The District Office is a professional, non-partisan office and there are no fees for any services provided.
What is the role of the District Manager?
District Managers play many roles. They are complaint takers, municipal managers, ombudspersons, information sources, community organizers, mediators, advocates and much more. They have the most direct ties to their local communities.

The District Manager is hired by the Community Board and serves at the Boards pleasure. This person will establish an office, hire staff and implement procedures to cut through red tape that impedes the delivery of essential City services.
What issues does CB 6 get involved in?
Community Boards in general have three distinct areas of focus - land use, budget and service delivery. CB 6, in its advisory capacity, sponsors public meetings where topical issues involving the projects, programs and policies that affect the district will be presented, discussed and at times debated in an open forum.

Land Use - The Community Board routinely reviews applications that involve the acquisition, disposition and/or significant change of use of City-owned properties. It hosts Public Hearings and sponsors open meetings to discuss and formulate recommendations on land use matters coming before it. The Community Board is the first stage at which land use matters are formally reviewed in accordance with the City's Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP).

In addition to matters pertaining to City property, the Community Board also reviews items related to private properties where property owners are seeking approval to use, develop or otherwise modify a property in a way that would not automatically be allowable under the property's zoning designation. Other forms of land use reviews may involve properties in Landmark Districts or voluntary informational presentations by property owners.

Budget - The Community Boards are required to submit the Mayor and City Council their Capital and Expense budget priorities for consideration in the formulation of the City's budget. Community Board 6 is constantly receiving input from the public on projects, programs and services that are needed within the district. While the Community Board submits budget priorities for consideration, the final decision is made by the Mayor and City Council, with input from the Borough President.

Service Delivery - The day-to-day processing of citizen complaints and requests for municipal services are handled by the District Office under the supervision of the District Manager. The District Office is prepared to take complaints and requests for service from any constituent of the district. It is important to contact the District Office with complaints and requests for services so that the Community Board can monitor and work toward improving service delivery in the district. Calls such as these also provide the Community Board with important indicators of the levels of resources that might be most needed in the district, reflected by the types of calls received.
Who are the board members?
Naomi Altman, Peter Beadle, Miriam Berfas, Aron Borukhov, Gregory Carlson, Heidi Harrison Chain, Norbert Chwat, Joann Ciorciari, Nancy Grossman Cohen, Christopher Collett, John Dereszewski, Gloria Ferreras, Steven Goldberg, Gail M. Gordon, Joseph C. Hennessy, Myrna Jacobson, Bernice Katz, Nahum Kaziev, Joyce Kevelson, Brian Lee, Richard Lee, Norman Leibowitz, Rene Lobo, Jack Medina, Ilya Mordukhaev, Michael A. Mulvaney, Rafael Nektalov, Jay Pena, David Schneier, Lynn Schulman, Jean Silva, Robert Silver, Jonathan Silverman, Joyce Singerman, Barbara Stuchinski, Norman Tepper, Susan Mae Wanderman, Alexander Yakubov, Liliana Zulunova
Do I have to be a Member of the Board to participate in meetings?
Community Board 6 Meetings are open to the public; you dont have to be a member. However, only board members can vote on a specific issue at a meeting.
 
 
 
  What is a Community Board?
 
  What does the Community Board do?
 
  When and where does the board meet?
 
  How can I become a Board Member?
 
  How are CB members appointed?
 
  How can I get more involved in Community Board 6?
 
  What does the District Office do?
 
  What is the role of the District Manager?
 
  What issues does CB 6 get involved in?
 
  Who are the board members?
 
  Do I have to be a Member of the Board to participate in meetings?