QBP RICHARDS LAUNCHES MODERNIZED QUEENS COMMUNITY BOARD APPLICATION PROCESS
Application Deadline: Friday, February 19
(January 11, 2021 at 10am)
QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Donovan Richards is accepting applications from qualified and civic-minded individuals interested in serving on one of the borough’s 14 Community Boards, which play an important advisory role in considering land use and zoning matters in their respective districts.
The 2021 community board application has been digitized to ensure the process can be completed much quicker and easier for all prospective applicants, — especially Queens residents living in transportation deserts — allowing for a more diverse applicant pool and a safer application process in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s electronic application must be completed and submitted online, requiring neither notarization nor in-person delivery to the Queens Borough President’s Office.
“Government is more effective and accountable not only when it works hand-in-hand with the communities it is sworn to serve, but when the full tapestry of each and every neighborhood is justly represented within that government,” said Borough President RICHARDS. “This common-sense overhaul of the outdated community board application process represents a significant step toward ensuring that our 14 Queens Community Boards truly look, sound and feel like the diverse neighborhoods of each district.”
The Community Board membership application is available online at www.queensbp.org/community-boards. The deadline for prospective and current Community Board members to submit the electronic application is Friday, February 19, 2021. For the upcoming round of appointments, the two-year term of service will begin on Thursday, April 1, 2021.
There are 59 Community Boards citywide, including 14 in Queens, and each hold monthly full membership meetings. The Boards also hold hearings and issue recommendations about the City budget, municipal service delivery and numerous other matters that impact their communities.
All Queens Community Board members are appointed by the Queens Borough President, pursuant to the City Charter, with half of the appointments nominated by the City Councilmembers representing their respective Community Districts. Each Board has up to 50 unsalaried members, with each member serving a two-year term.
All Community Board members who wish to continue serving on a Board are required to re-apply at the conclusion of their two-year term and are subject to review and reconsideration.
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