One of the most notable aspects of the Charter Revision (approved by the voters of the City of New York in the November 1975 election) was the expansion of the use of the community districts—at present there are 59 within the five boroughs. Each district is a geographical area encompassing a neighborhood. In the instance of Community District #16, it is the Ocean Hill - Brownsville community.
The New York City Charter Revision of 1975 established a community board within each of the districts. The voting members of each community board are appointed for two-year overlapping terms by the Borough President of their borough, half of them on nominations by the Council members serving the area.
Each community board is composed of up to 50 persons who live, work, or have other significant interest in the district, plus the Council members serving any part of the area. The members may be reappointed or removed for just cause by the Borough President or by a majority vote of the Board. The area's Council members are non-voting members of the Board.
Like other boards, Community Board #16 reviews matters pertaining to land use in its district, evaluates the quality and quantity of service delivery in the community, makes recommendations for capital and expense budget priorities, and develops plans for the community’s improvement.