Community and Commerce A Look at the Bronx's CB 10

The northeast corner of the Bronx is one of New York City's most diverse areas. It's home to Co-op City—the state's largest housing cooperative—and includes such neighborhoods as Throgs Neck, Pelham Bay, Westchester Square and others. As a result, the area is also home to one of New York City's largest community boards, Community Board 10. Like just about every other community board in the city, CB10 needs to address the concerns of its residents and maintain a level of quality of life in an ever-changing city.

Beginnings and Structure

CB10 was one of 59 community boards established in the 1960s under the administration of Mayor John V. Lindsay. The boards were created to provide residents with access to local government.

Kenneth Kearns, district manager for CB10, says the role of the board is "to monitor and deliberate municipal services" within its geographic area.

"Each community board of the 59 community boards serves a given geographic area," says Kearns. Bronx Community Board 10, which is one of 12 in the borough, serves the communities of Throgs Neck, Co-op City, Pelham Bay, Country Club, City Island, Schuylerville, Spencer Estates, Edgewater Park, Westchester Square and Zerega.

Community Board 10 is comprised of 44 members, who apply for positions on the board and are selected by the borough president and council president. Terms are for two years and there are no term limits.

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