Local Representative Groups

Local Representative Groups

Get to Know Your Local Representative Groups

Local representative groups present opportunities for New Yorkers to get civically engaged in their communities, boroughs, and City.  

Community Boards

Community Boards are essential to the fabric of democracy in New York City. They impact how your community is seen and heard, on issues that affect your neighborhood—from housing to school infrastructure to recycling.

Community boards are only as strong as their members. Informed, civically engaged members who represent the diversity of New Yorkers will help make community boards more responsive, fair, and inclusive of the communities they serve. Your unique voice in your community—as a young New Yorker, student, mother of young children, a transportation advocate, or local teacher—help community boards be more representative.

To join your community board, you must live, work, or have another interest within your district. The process involves an application through your Borough President's office and an interview. You may also apply to serve on your community board through your Council Member. Each term is 2-years and typically involves one board meeting a month and monthly sub-committee meetings.

Find your community board and get involved!

New York City Department of Education: Community Education Councils

New York City's Community and Citywide Education Councils are charged with promoting student achievement, advising and commenting on educational policies, and providing input to the chancellor and the Panel for Educational Policy. Their powers and duties are spelled out in NYS Education Law Section 2590-e and Section 2590-b.

If you are interested in serving on your local community education council, please visit the New York City Department of Education site

New York City Health and Hospitals Community Advisory Board (CAB)

NYC Health + Hospitals Community Advisory Board (CAB) serves as a link between the hospital and the community, facilitating access to quality health care. Each New York City Health + Hospitals facility's community advisory board is composed of dedicated community volunteers who reach out to get the views of the community and represent them in the hospital's decision-making process. They also inform the community about the goals and objectives of the NYC Health + Hospital facility.

Members of the hospital community who are interested in joining the CAB may download an application by visiting the NYC Health and Hospitals CAB site.  

View the monthly meetings of community advisory boards (CABs)

New York City Department of Youth and Community Development: Neighborhood Advisory Board (NAB)

Neighborhood Advisory Boards (NABs) provide residents of low-income communities with an opportunity to help DYCD identify funding priorities.

NABs serve Neighborhood Development Areas (NDAs), which are low-income neighborhoods designated as needing community development support. NAB members are responsible for helping to identify the needs of their local communities. DYCD takes their findings into consideration when allocating federal Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funding.

NAB Membership

Each NDA is represented by a 7 to 12-member Board (NAB) with the authority to help identify community priorities and recommend specific programs. Six members may be selected by DYCD, and six members may be nominated by elected public officials. NAB members must:

  • Be full-time residents of the NDA they represent
  • Have lived in the neighborhood for a minimum of six months
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Have no formal associations with any organization that receives DYCD funding under the CSBG program

All NAB meetings are open to the public and are conducted at sites accessible to members and the public. Minutes of NAB meetings are also available upon request.

Residents who are interested in joining an NAB and playing an important role in their community should complete an NAB application, or contact DYCD's Youth Connect by phone at 800-246-4646, Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 7 PM or by email at youthconnect@dycd.nyc.gov.

New York City Police Department: Precinct Community Councils

The precinct community council consists of individuals who are dedicated to the improvement of their own neighborhoods and the enhancement of relations between the police, public safety agencies and the community. They are community based and provide a local forum for community leaders, resident organizations, business representatives and police to meet face to face and have ongoing communication and cooperation and foster improved relations. 

There are 75 councils, one in each precinct. In addition to fostering community communication, these councils are a partner in local community government with the district community planning and local community school board. 

If you are interested in serving on your local precinct community council, please visit the NYPD website