Access upcoming meeting Agendas, along with archived meeting Minutes and Resolutions for all of CB8's Committees.
The Full Board of CB8 meets monthly on the third Wednesday of each month, reviewing recommendations made by committees and voted on for final approval. Each meeting starts with public session, where constituents have 3 minutes to comment on issues coming to the board or express any issues or concerns effecting the community. Also at the Full Board meeting, reports are made by elected officials, the District Manager, and the Chair of CB8. Attending Full Board is an easy way to learn more about what is happening in the Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island.
The Land Use Committee is a committee of the entire board that reviews, amongst other items, all applications for changes in zoning. The Land Use Committee meets on the second Wednesday of every month and attendance at this meeting is mandatory. As noted, the Land Use Committee is a Committee of the whole and therefore also reviews the activities of other committees.
The Arts Committee will work on bringing publicly accessible art to the district. In the near term, the committee will focus on using empty storefronts to display art and planning performances in public spaces in the Spring in accordance with a recent mayoral initiative.
The Budget Committee has three major functions. First, the Committee reviews the Mayor's annual Executive Budget and makes recommendations for additions or modifications. Second, after holding public hearings, the Committee compiles a list of expense and capital priorities. These recommendations are then voted on by the full board and presented to city officials. Third, the Committee develops the Board's internal budget within the guidelines set by city officials.
The Communications Committee supports the Chairperson of CB8M in communicating the Board's activities to the outside world. It prepares a weekly Communications Committee report with the District Manager and produces and moderates “CB8 Speaks”, a monthly cable TV show on public access TV (Manhattan Neighborhood Network) on Spectrum's (formerly Time Warner's) Ch. 34 and in HD on Ch. 1993, RCN's Ch. 82, FiOS' Ch. 33, and online at www.mnn.org. Past episodes can be found on this website under the CB8Speaks tab on the main menu. The Committee also provides support for the board’s commitment to have a CB8M booth at the multi-block street fairs in the district.
The Congestion Pricing Task Force meets to discuss the upcoming Congestion Pricing Program.
The Environment and Sanitation Committee reviews issues affecting the physical welfare of the citizens of the community. Such as pertaining to the water supply infrastructure, DSNY issues as to garbage, recycling, rodent infestation, general "Clean Streets" and air quality in our area. The now operational marine transfer station at East 91st Street is also in our purview. This committee meets on an as needed basis.
The HSSS Committee, which includes Public Safety, addresses issues affecting the physical and social well-being of our community’s residents and the institutions that serve them. The committee has held forums and meetings that addressed such issues as homelessness, universal healthcare, senior scams, youth vaping, and the potential health effects of the MTS. In the coming year, we plan on addressing issues on judicial reform, including neighborhood jails, and senior issues.
The Housing Committee provides a forum where constituents can become familiar with issues such as rent control, senior housing and Mitchell-Lama housing.
The Landmarks Committee of Community Board 8 reviews Certificate of Appropriateness applications, designations, and related matters for the individual landmarks and buildings within the six historic districts in the Board 8 area. This committee meets every month on the Monday before the Full Board meeting, unless otherwise noted.
The Parks and Recreation Committee represents and promotes the interests of parks. The committee reviews all plans for restoration of area parks, assists park neighbors in securing funding for work and restorations, hears complaints regarding use and abuse of parks, works with police to aid security and raises the public's awareness of the importance of our parkland. The Parks and Recreation Committee meets on the second Thursday of each month.
The Public Safety Committee worked with government agencies, consumer advocate groups, local Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) or as-needed outside experts to inform educate and provide information to our community on disaster preparedness, public service best practices and personal safety. As of June 2019, this committee no longer meets, and the Health, Seniors, and Social Services Committee has oversight of public safety.
The Roosevelt Island Committee addresses the challenges that transpire due to the unique nature of Roosevelt Island and it’s relationship to New York State and New York City. The State of New York holds a 99-year lease on the island, which will expire in 2068; ownership will then revert to the City. The Lease and GDP contemplates that a State entity develop the Island, with municipal services to be provided by New York City, equivalent to those provided to all other New York City neighborhoods.The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) was created in 1984 by the State of New York as a public benefit corporation with a mission to plan, design, develop, operate, and maintain Roosevelt Island. With a focus on innovative and environmentally friendly solutions, RIOC is committed to providing services that enhance the island's residential community. RIOC manages the two-mile long island's roads, parks, buildings, a sports facility, and public transportation, including the iconic aerial tramway.
The Rules and Bylaws Committee considers changes to Community Board 8's by-laws. Additionally, the committee deals with issues concerning procedures and member's actions and activities. The committee meets on an as needed basis.
The Second Avenue Subway Task Force provided a forum that brought together members of the community and representatives of the MTA and its subcontractors. We discussed issues raised by the construction of the new subway - from E. 96th Street to E. 63rd Street.
The Small Business Committee provides a forum for small business owners, advocates, and community members to discuss the issues and challenges facing small businesses in Community District 8. This committee meets on the first Monday of the month.
The Social Justice Committee works across all subject areas on the issues of equity, justice, and inclusion. This committee meets on the fourth Monday of the month.
The Street Fairs Committee reviews all multi-block fair applications in the Community Board 8 area to ascertain if they comply with the Board's guidelines. Public hearings are held and recommendations are made to approve or disapprove the applications. The Committee reviews single-block street fairs that presented previous problems or appear controversial. Other single block fairs are reviewed by the District Manager in conjunction with the Committee Chair. This committee meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month.
The Street Life Committee of the Board reviews plans for sidewalk cafes and liquor license applications. The Board then makes recommendations to the Department of Consumer Affairs and the New York State Liquor Authority with regard to these applications. This committee meets on the first Tuesday of each month.
The Technology Committee focuses on improving Community Board 8's technology infrastructure. The committee meets on an as needed basis.
The Transportation Committee reviews initiatives from the City and develops community-based proposals and requests regarding transportation and mobility. These include issues and policies pertaining to public transportation service and infrastructure (including bus, subway and ferry), street and sidewalk regulations, uses, and operations (including parking, signage, bicycle infrastructure, revocable consents), and the safety of all users of the multi-modal transportation network (pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, and transit passengers). Community Board 8 then makes its recommendations to the appropriate agency based on the Committee's resolutions. The Transportation Committee meets on the first Wednesday of each month.
The Vendor Committee came into existence because of the numerous concerns that came to the Board office with regard to the impact on the quality of life of street vending on our neighborhood businesses and residents. Being a long time issue dating back 25 years for now Co-chair, Michele Birnbaum, it made sense to have this committee which is now 6 years old and Co-chaired by Michele and Marco Tamayo. It serves as a voice for the community, follows street vending issues and legislation, but most importantly, strives for solutions to challenges that come from street vending. Resolutions passed, which serve as recommendations to the appropriate elected officials and city agencies, have addressed almost all vending concerns and offered solutions. If you would like to see our resolutions, contact the Board office. We are a sounding board for the public, and try to be a problem solving committee.
A new committee of CB8 focused on the 8,335 veterans that live in the Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island, and on services within the neighborhood committed to the New York City veteran community.
A new non partisan working group of CB8 focused on voting and election reform in New York City and New York State, focused on making all elections more accessible to voters.
The Waterfront Committee of CB8 focused on the district’s waterfront along the East River in the Upper East Side and surrounding Roosevelt Island. This committee was merged with the Parks & Recreation Committee in 2018.
The Women and Families Committee addresses the financial and social issues which affect the wellbeing of women and their families. The committee's public forums, meetings and resolutions tackle such pressing problems as gender pay inequity, sexual harassment, long term care costs, child care costs and availability, shortage of women on corporate boards, the special “Pink Tax” on products geared to women, and food insecurity. The committee focuses on the impact of these issues on women and families on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
The Youth, Education and Libraries Committee, consistent with the Community Board's advisory role, will explore issues that affect young people to the age of 21. The committee will review youth services, summer youth employment programs, early childhood education, school safety (with CB8's Public Safety Committee), Department of Education, higher education (CUNY/SUNY).Where appropriate, the Committee will issue recommendations to the relevant governing agencies, elected officials, organizations and host informational forums on particular Youth and Education issues affecting our District. This committee meets on the fourth Thursday of the month.
Zoning, as codified in the New York City Zoning Resolution, regulates the height, bulk, size, configuration, and use of buildings. The Zoning and Development Committee considers related issues, including proposals by Applicants. It also proposes changes to the Zoning Resolution where necessary. This committee meets on the first Thursday of the month.
Ad-Hoc Committees are committees of CB8 that meet as needed and have a mission specific to a particular project and initiative.
A Task Force is a sub committee of a standing committee that focuses on a particular topic area or specific item.