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File #: Int 0585-2014    Version: * Name: Establishing term limits for community board members.
Type: Introduction Status: Filed (End of Session)
Committee: Committee on Governmental Operations
On agenda: 12/17/2014
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the New York city charter, in relation to establishing term limits for community board members.
Sponsors: Daniel Dromm , Ben Kallos, Margaret S. Chin, Laurie A. Cumbo, Darlene Mealy, Donovan J. Richards, James G. Van Bramer, Julissa Ferreras-Copeland
Council Member Sponsors: 8
Summary: This bill would institute term limits for community board members. Under current law, there is no limit on the number of consecutive two-year terms for which community board members may be appointed and serve. Under this bill, community board members appointed for a first term beginning on April 1, 2016 or later would be permitted to serve for a maximum of six consecutive terms (twelve years) before they could no longer serve.
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 585, 2. Committee Report 4/30/15, 3. Hearing Testimony 4/30/15, 4. Hearing Testimony 4/30/15 (Con't), 5. Hearing Transcript 4/30/15
Int. No. 585
 
By Council Members Dromm, Kallos, Chin, Cumbo, Mealy, Richards, Van Bramer and Ferreras-Copeland
 
 
A Local Law to amend the New York city charter, in relation to establishing term limits for community board members.
 
 
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
 
Section 1. Subdivision a of section 2800 of chapter 70 of the New York city charter is amended to read as follows:
a. For each community district created pursuant to chapter sixty-nine there shall be a community board which shall consist of (1) not more than fifty persons appointed by the borough president for staggered terms of two years, at least one-half of whom shall be appointed from nominees of the council members elected from council districts which include any part of the community district, and (2) all such council members as non-voting members. No community board member first appointed to a term commencing on or after April 1, 2016 shall serve more than six consecutive terms as a voting member of a particular community board. The number of members appointed on the nomination of each such council member shall be proportional to the share of the district population represented by such council member. The city planning commission, after each council redistricting pursuant to chapter two-A, and after each community redistricting pursuant to section twenty-seven hundred two, shall determine the proportion of the community district's population represented by each council member. Copies of such determinations shall be filed with the appropriate borough president, community board, and council member. One-half of the members appointed to any community board shall serve for a term of two years beginning on the first day of April in each odd-numbered year in which they take office and one half of the members appointed to any community board shall serve for a term of two years beginning on the first day of April in each even-numbered year in which they take office. Members shall serve until their successors are appointed but no member may serve for more than sixty days after the expiration of his or her original term unless reappointed by the borough president. Not more than twenty-five percent of the appointed members shall be city employees. No person shall be appointed to or remain as a member of the board who does not have a residence, business, professional or other significant interest in the district. The borough president shall assure adequate representation from the different geographic sections and neighborhoods within the community district. In making such appointments, the borough president shall consider whether the aggregate of appointments fairly represents all segments of the community. Community boards, civic groups and other community groups and neighborhood associations may submit nominations to the borough president and to council members.
ยง 2. This local law shall take effect 90 days following its ratification by the voters of this city in a referendum to be held in the general election next following its enactment.
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LS 3246/2014
12/1/14