I think that most of us are aware of our elected officials and the job that they do on behalf of our communities, but we should also recognize the contribution that our community boards and civic associations make in affecting conditions in our neighborhoods.
As a member of Community Board 11, I work alongside 49 other volunteers who operate in an advisory capacity when it comes to matters such as zoning issues, variances and other local issues. Board members may not always agree with one another, but I believe that we all respect each other and focus on our commitment to our communities.
Also in the forefront of community leadership are the local civic associations. This is the ground level where community issues and problems are discussed. Working with city agencies, our elected leaders and the community board, those issues and problems are looked into and addressed.
I would urge all residents to join their local civic group and participate in meetings and discussions. If possible, attend monthly community board meetings, especially if there are issues on the agenda concerning your area.
Board members want to hear the concerns from the community. It helps us decide how to vote on the various issues that come before the board. You may also consider joining the board.
We are lucky to live in a wonderful area. Yes there are problems, especially, in my opinion, with overdevelopment and education matters, but if we all work together, we can make a difference.