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File #: Res 1866-2013    Version: * Name: Allow sixteen and seventeen year olds to be appointed to NYC Community Boards. (A.2448 and S.4142)
Type: Resolution Status: Filed
Committee: Committee on Governmental Operations
On agenda: 7/24/2013
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign into law A.2448 and S.4142, which would allow sixteen and seventeen year olds to be appointed to New York City Community Boards.
Sponsors: Robert Jackson, Gale A. Brewer, Charles Barron, Margaret S. Chin, Leroy G. Comrie, Jr., Letitia James, Brad S. Lander, Rosie Mendez, Annabel Palma, Donovan J. Richards, Deborah L. Rose, Ydanis A. Rodriguez
Council Member Sponsors: 12
Res. No. 1866
 
 
Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign into law A.2448 and S.4142,  which would allow sixteen and seventeen year olds to be appointed to New York City Community Boards.
 
 
By Council Members Jackson, Brewer, Barron, Chin, Comrie, James, Lander, Mendez, Palma, Richards, Rose and Rodriguez
Whereas, Current regulations prohibit anyone under the age of eighteen from becoming a member of a New York City Community Board; and
Whereas, Many sixteen and seventeen year olds are active members of their communities and  pay New York City income and sales tax, yet  have no civic voice on how these revenues are spent; and
Whereas, Sixteen and seventeen year olds are legally accountable for breaking the law and can be arrested, tried and imprisoned as adults, but have no legal venue for advisement on community needs, programs, services, development project and land use issues; and
Whereas, Sixteen and seventeen year olds contribute to community based agencies, not for profit agencies and municipal bodies, including advisory bodies in the various Borough Presidents' offices; and
Whereas, New Yorkers in this age group further contribute to the wellbeing of communities as counselors in day camps, jurists on Peer and Youth courts, and peacemakers in conflict resolution and mediation programs; and
Whereas, Research has shown that greater social engagement among youth provides numerous benefits to their local communities and improves their professional development as well as many other human welfare indicators; and
Whereas, The benefits of youth engagement in civic processes has been demonstrated in consistent and powerful ways, including through youth commissions in San Francisco and Philadelphia, and
Whereas, New York City Community Boards are composed of dedicated and able volunteers who could serve as role models and mentors to emerging young civic actors, and should be opened to include members who are 16 and 17 years old; and
Whereas, A.2448, currently pending in the New York State Assembly and companion bill S.4142, currently pending in the New York State Senate lower the minimum age for New York City Community Board members from eighteen to sixteen; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign A.2448  and S.4142  which would allow sixteen and seventeen year olds to be appointed to New York City Community Boards.
 
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