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Community Board 6 in Brooklyn Seeks Public Members

By Heather Holland | June 13, 2012 1:21pm | Updated on June 13, 2012 2:01pm
The Parks committee of Community Board Six in Brooklyn held a meeting last month at Cobble Hill Health Center.
The Parks committee of Community Board Six in Brooklyn held a meeting last month at Cobble Hill Health Center.
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BROOKLYN — Community Board 6 in Brooklyn is calling on energetic members of the community to fill public member positions in several of its committees, including the Economic/Waterfront, Landmarks/Land Use, Transportation and Parks committees.

Anyone, of any age, is eligible to apply. The only restriction is that applicants must be a resident of the community, work within the community, or have some significant interest in the district.

Community Board Six's district includes Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Columbia Waterfront District, Gowanus and Park Slope.

“We are generally looking for people who are eager, energetic, and of course, interested in putting in the time and showing interest in the committee’s work,” Craig Hammerman, district manager of CB6, said.

The most important role of a public member is attendance, said Hammerman.

Committee meetings generally take place once a month for 10 months a year.  Applicants should expect to commit to at least 90 minutes to two hours each month.

Many members of the community board move on to be volunteers or activists in the community or even to become elected officials, noted Hammerman.

City Councilman Brad Lander, for instance, was once a member of Community Board 6 in Brooklyn.

“Joining a CB6 committee is a great way to get their feet wet if they’re interested in the mechanics of government,” said Hammerman. “It’s an entry position where folks will often decide how they can get more involved in their community. This could be a launching pad for someone seeking a career in activism.”

The deadline for applications is June 22, and anyone looking to apply are asked to download and complete an application form from CB6’s website. Forms can be submitted to Community Board 6, at 250 Baltic St., or faxed to (718) 624-8410, Monday through Friday between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.