New York is broken into different community boards. Community boards are local appointed bodies and the local subdivision when it comes to how each borough is broken up. Use this link to find your community board and take part in shaping your neighborhood today!
Once you have done that, visit your local community board office. These unpaid volunteer community members and stakeholders who are at the forefront of what is happening in your neighborhood. They can give you information about new developments or community events. One thing you will notice is that they will never turn down help. If you could volunteer a couple hours a month it will make a huge difference and you will be one of the most informed people in your neighborhood.
"Attending your local Community Board meetings is a critical pathway to learning about what's happening to the schools, streets, parks, and housing in your community and to making your opinion and voice heard on those issues. Joining a Community Board commits you to doing the work to make our City and State governments work for the people, not just the voices in the community with the most money. "
-Barry Weinberg (Community Board 9: Chair)
“Joining a community board gives individuals the opportunities to see what’s happening in their neighborhoods and allows their voice to be heard on decisions that can affect them directly.”
-Edwin Torres (Community Board 9)