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Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams administers the oath of office to the new class of members for Brooklyn's eighteen community boards during a ceremony held in the courtroom of Brooklyn Borough Hall.

CB1 Appoints Newest Members

BY Tanay Warerkar

New members have been appointed to Brooklyn’s Community Boards as part of the annual selections made by Borough President Eric Adams. The community representatives will each serve two-year terms on their local boards.

The new additions to Community Board 1 (CB 1) are Joel Gross, Yoel Landau, Arthur Dybanowski, Martin Hoffman and Toby Moskovits.

“My family has a long history in the Williamsburg community” said Moskovits, founder of real estate firm, Heritage Equity Partners. “As a child, I visited my grandfather at his [army surplus] factory, and in addition to the lessons of hard work, learned that giving back to my community was essential. Today things have come full circle for me and I am lucky to once again be here in Williamsburg. When Borough President Adams thought I could be of service as a member of the Community Board, I decided to follow his lead.”

Community boards in New York City are comprised of 50 members each. There are a total of 59 in the city. Around half of each board’s members are recommended by the local City Council members in the area and are then appointed by the Borough President. Those selected are usually residents of the community, work there, or have displayed a substantial interest in that particular neighborhood.

While board members do not receive a salary, and their decisions are more of an advisory nature than a binding one, they are often instrumental in addressing the concerns of the community and relaying them to appropriate civic agencies or organizations.

“Community boards are important institutions that promote healthy civic engagement,” said Adams. “This year’s class of new appointees reflects the diverse set of backgrounds from across our borough, and for the first time includes the critical presence of our young people, something I have been dedicated to advancing in our public sphere.”

To learn more about Community Board 1, visit http://www.nyc.gov/html/bkncb1/html/home/home.shtml.

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