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March 3, 2014- BatteryPark.TV was the first to report that the local Community Board 1 was set the be shaken up, and that members, such as Catherine McVay Hughes were “fighting for their jobs”. We also reported that term limits were on the table. Well, today, City Council debated overhauling the Community Board system.
Today, DNAinfo reports, “The city’s community boards will take center stage on Monday as the City Council mulls ways to expand reforms that have been implemented in Manhattan into a citywide reform of the local governance boards. Freshman Councilman Ben Kallos, who previously served on Manhattan’s Community Board 8, called the hearing in order to address concerns about how members of the city’s 59 community boards are appointed and how long they serve. “We have 21 new council members, four new borough presidents and believe it is 1,495 new community board appointments coming out on April 1st,” Kallos said. “We have a huge opportunity to do something different, do something the right way for a lot of people who have never done it before.”. Kallos said he hopes to develop a set of best practices to improve the selection process for board members across the five boroughs, on the heels of a yearslong process by City Comptroller Scott Stringer to reform the boards in Manhattan.”