Can Community Boards Be Reformed?
February 9th, 2006
Newly elected Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer is trying to make good on his campaign promise to reform Manhattan’s 12 community boards, launching a month long effort to recruit new members and proposing a series of actions to “depoliticize the appointment process, empower local residents and strengthen the role community boards play in shaping the future of the borough.”
Several bloggers in Manhattan (particularly those upset at the proliferation of new bars) are already welcoming the move.
The HoratioStreet blog writes that “the need for community board reform has recently become all too evident” in board 2, an institution plagued by “political maneuvering” and “conflict of interest.”
SohoPolitics writes that the new efforts are “a break from the [former Borough President] Virginia Fields tradition of only appointing bar owners who vote with liquor license buddies.”
“Hopefully, Mr. Stringer, a well-liked and widely admired politician will enable those on the boards to see the light,” the blog continues, “whether that be the bright white light of the sunlight laws or, for some undeserving board members, the inevitable light of an oncoming train.”By Mark Berkey-Gerard on February 9, 2006, 3:58 pm
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