Residents urged to join community boards

The Office of the Bronx Borough President will be accepting applications for all 12 Community Boards from city residents who live or work in the Bronx.

Community boards are comprised of local residents, who are appointed by the Borough President of each of the city’s five boroughs to serve in an advisory capacity. Board members help decide on issues important to the neighborhood, such as land use, zoning and other local issues.

“Participation on local Community Boards can provide Bronx residents with a forum to share with their community their expertise and talents,” said Bronx Borough President, Ruben Diaz Jr., in a written statement.

“It is important that community residents participate in the decision making process in their communities on important budget, land use and service delivery issues,” Diaz continued.

Residents can pick up applications by calling the Borough President’s office at 718-590-3914, or by going to the local community board office. Community Board 1, which represents Mott Haven, Melrose and Port Morris, is located at 3024 Third Ave. between E. 155th and E. 156th Streets. The office is open to the public between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Community Board 1’s District Manager, Cedric Loftin, can be reached at 718-585-7117.

Applicants can also access forms online at The deadline for submission of applications for the next round of appointments is February 8, 2013.

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