Community Board Initiative

Community Boards are the most grassroots level of New York City’s government and serve an advisory role providing recommendations to the City Council and the Office of the Borough President and working with City agencies to resolve local service issues.


The New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO’s Community Board Initiative (CBI) aims to educate union members on Community Boards (CBs) and activate them to engage on an individual and organizational level in order to improve quality of life issues, advocate for responsible development and union jobs, and strengthen our communities for families and neighbors.

How It Works

The Community Board Initiative (CBI) offers various workshops, to union members and retirees, that include information on the City budget, Uniform Land Use Review Process (ULURP), Zoning Laws, application readiness and assistance, NYC government history, and understanding local community issues from our brothers and sisters.

The NYCCLC’s Community Outreach Coordinator (COC) assists interested affiliates with outreach, training, follow up, and record keeping. The COC can assist running trainings for affiliates and also train affiliate staff to maximize training availability.

Ongoing Support

In addition to workshops, we can provide ongoing support to ensure that your members currently serving or active on their community boards have the tools and understanding they need to better serve on or engage with their boards.

To receive more information on the Community Board Initiative and resources please contact Xiomara Loarte at or 917-225-2712.

Community Board Applications

Community Board Applications for 2024 are open. Applications are handled through each Borough President's office. See Below:

Bronx (Deadline March 1)

Office of the Bronx Borough President

Brooklyn (Deadline February 19)

Office of the Brooklyn Borough President

Manhattan (Deadline February 23)

Office of the Manhattan Borough President

Queens (Deadline February 16)

Office of the Queens Borough President

Staten Island

Office of the Staten Island Borough President