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He said he will continue to show up to housing meetings so that he can weigh in on the issues and help fill the gap that will inevitably be left when he steps down as the committee leader.
But he also thinks the system should be reformed.
In 2005, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer set out to make community boards more transparent and representative of the neighborhoods they cover.
He set up a Community Board Reform Committee that focused on targeted recruitment of members — distributing thousands of applications to community groups. He created specialized community liaisons to get the word out about community boards and publicized them by airing them on a public access channel.
“It was refreshing,” said Gene Russianoff, senior attorney for the New York Public Interest Research Group, who sat on the committee.
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz should meet Mr. Stringer’s gains and take it a step further. He should allow board members and community leaders a say in reappointment decisions and provide a reason to those being dumped.
If and when he does, you can expect more civic-mindedness and less butt kissing on Community Board 8.