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April 1, 2013– New York City’s version of the Papal conclave is over. After a puff of white smoke from 49 Chambers Street, the new Community Board appointees have been announced.
There are almost no changes, which begs the question: Should there be term limits to serving on the Community Boards?
Another question that one should ask is, “What motivates these members to serve on the CB1 for decades?” Do their personal businesses, such as law and real estate, benefit? Which oversight agency is monitoring for conflicts of interest? (For example, the Chairman of the CB1 and other senior CB1 members are serving both on the steering committees for a Hudson River Park Trust tax, while at the same time passing resolutions in favor of the NID tax)