A bill by Senator Lanza and Assembly Member Rozic will lower the minimum age of appointment to a New York City Community Board from eighteen-years-old to sixteen-years-old. Governor Cuomo signed the legislation into law and it is effective immediately.
In response, Council Member Mark Levine said:
"Our bright and talented sixteen and seventeen-year-olds need a venue where they can voice their concerns and ideas for improving our neighborhoods. The community board process provides such an outlet and would greatly benefit from their injection of exuberance, a can-do attitude, and the kind of creativity that only young people bring to the table. By creating opportunities for additional youth to join our boards, we also will help the next generation of leaders grasp the virtues of public service at a formative age and impart in them the skills to navigate the many challenges they will face in the coming years."