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One owns a wine shop at the South Street Seaport that was flooded during Hurricane Sandy. Another was the founding director of a nonprofit dedicated to HIV/AIDS research and treatment.
These are just two of 76 new members of Manhattan's Community Boardspicked by Borough President Scott Stringer this year. The new appointees also include public housing residents and parent leaders.
The BP says the appointments are a "culmination of nearly eight years of work on Community Board reform and empowerment." He has made reforming Community Boards one of his chief goals.
An independent panel representing civic organizations and good government groups reviewed appllications and helped select the new board members.
DNAinfo's Jill Colvin has more on the new appointees here.
The 59 Community Boards in the city deal with land and zoning issues; neighborhood needs; and community concerns.
City Council members nominate candidates to Community Boards in their districts. The borough president selects and appoints them.