What can you do about a construction site next to your building that you think is all wrong for your neighborhood? Who do you go to in local government to complain?
According to NYC’s organizational chart, the Mayor, the five Borough Presidents and the City Council are equal partners in NYC government. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is our current mayor, and Christine Quinn is our current City Council President.
For my money, your Community Board is the most powerful part of city government. The NYC City Charter demands that a Community Board consider the needs of the district it serves and ONLY the needs of the district it serves. There’s 59 Community Boards.
The Community Board meetings are where you go to tell your local government how you feel about what’s going on in your neighborhood. NYC respects private property, but in a city where we all have to share space, your Community Board is how locals can influence private building projects like the controversial Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn. You can also make your opinion known about small projects at Community Board meetings, like when a citizen’s group wants to re-name a street after someone. Things like that.
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