Vote 'no' on #3
by Joe Conley
Oct 31, 2018 | 11168 views | 0 0 comments | 604 604 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A proposal on this year's ballot is to limit volunteers on community boards to two four-year terms.

Term limits already exist for community boards. Every two years, every board member must reapply and submit a new application for appointment to the community board.

And without exception, every year there are openings on a board due to attendance issues and various other reasons people decide they do not want to continue as a member. Sometimes it is struggle to find people willing to serve.

Most people do not realize that to be an effective member of a community board it takes a commitment. A commitment of time, not only to attend monthly meetings, but to also participate on committees and attend public hearings.

So, when new appointments to a board are made and they are energized, engaged appointments, they are treasured.

Thankfully, we have had members on Community Board 2 who have served years, bringing great skills and knowledge of the community, past and present that have protected and improved the quality of life for so many.

To think that members who give so much time and are willing to take on tough challenges will be removed automatically from the board after eight years is wrong.

The system in place today, when followed, works. Members who do not participate are reviewed and removed. New openings are created. A forced turnover of board members would not be good for the community.

Flip over your ballot on November 6 and vote “no” on Question #3.

Joe Conley is former chairman of Community Board 2 in Queens.
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