May 17th, 6:30 P.M., Manhattan Park Theatre Club

May 17th, Community Board 8 Brings Participatory Democracy to Roosevelt Island

Updated 2 years ago Peter McCarthy
New York City Community Board Map - Roosevelt Island is in Manhattan CB 8
New York City Community Board Map - Roosevelt Island is in Manhattan CB 8
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Like a messenger arriving to clear up confusion sewn about local democracy, Community Board 8 will hold its monthly Full Board Meeting for May at the Manhattan Park Theatre Club on Wednesday.

Starting with Robert Wagner's administration seventy years ago, New Yorkers have participated in democracy at a level rarely offered anywhere else. Community Boards were set up to seek direct input from everyday citizens into the workings of local government. 

CB Members are appointed by the Borough President with half being nominated by City Council Members. Current Roosevelt Islanders active in CB 8 include Jeffrey Escobar, Ellen Polivy, Lynne Strong-Shinozaki and Sharon Pope. In general, their work involves...

  • 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.

Escobar also chairs a Roosevelt Island specific committee.

You are invited to observe their monthly deliberations on May 17th at 6:30 p.m. in the Manhattan Park Theatre Club. You are also welcomed to address the group with any concerns. All you need to is register to speak before 6:45 p.m.

You can see the full agenda by clicking here.

Don't be snowed by false claims about democracy on Roosevelt Island. Stop by and see it in action.

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