History

The first community planning boards were established in 1951 by Manhattan Borough President Robert Wagner. The role of the community board, however, has grown in both scope and importance. Fifty-nine community boards citywide make recommendations to the Borough President, City Council, Mayor and various city and state agencies regarding land use, zoning and budgetary matters affecting their district. The Boards also help coordinate the delivery of municipal services, recommend permit processing for street fairs and block parties, handle local complaints, and provide information for the community.
 
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