The purpose of Community Board 3 is to ensure that city services are accessible and responsive to residents, organizations, businesses, and institutions of Bedford-Stuyvesant. By hosting regular meetings open to the public, CB 3 acts as a conduit for communicating events, addressing local concerns, and processing municipal applications of various sorts. CB 3 also plays an important advisory role in planning, land use, zoning, and the City budget.
Board Composition & Membership
Community boards are local representative bodies. There are 59 community boards throughout the City, and each one consists of up to 50 unsalaried members, half of whom are nominated by their district’s City Council members. Board members are selected and appointed by the Borough Presidents from among active, involved people of each community and must reside, work, or have some other significant interest in the community.
Each community board is led by a District Manager who establishes an office, hires staff, and implements procedures to improve the delivery of City services to the district. While the main responsibility of the board office is to receive complaints from community residents, they also maintain other duties, such as processing permits for block parties and street fairs. Many boards choose to provide additional services and manage special projects that cater to specific community needs, including organizing tenants associations, coordinating neighborhood cleanup programs, and more.
Community boards have a variety of responsibilities, including but not limited to:
- Dealing with land use and zoning issues. CBs have an important advisory role and must be consulted on the placement of most municipal facilities in the community. Applications for a change in or variance from the zoning resolution must come before the board for review, and the board’s position is considered in the final determination.
- Assessing the needs of their own neighborhoods. CBs assess the needs of their community members and meet with City agencies to make recommendations in the City’s budget process.
- Addressing other community concerns. Any issue that affects part or all of a community, from a traffic problem to deteriorating housing, is a proper concern of community boards.
It is important to note that while community boards serve as advocates for their neighborhood, they do not have the ability to order any City agency or official to perform any task. Despite this limitation, boards are usually successful in resolving the problems they address.
Know Your Community Board
A brochure that presents basic information about community boards and lists the phone numbers of all 59 boards and Borough Presidents’ offices.