Citizen Participation in New York City Government

by Bernard Haber, (F.ASCE), Partner; Hardesty & Hanover, New York, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Urban Planning and Development Division, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 1, Pg. 11-14

Document Type: Journal Paper


Following the example of London, England, New York City developed the first stage of Governmental decentralization in 1969 by forming 62 Community Planning Boards. In 1977, by Charter Revision, 59 Community Boards were established with expanded powers. These Boards operate in districts varying between 100,000 to 250,000 population. District Offices provided day to day monitoring of delivery of services through a small permanent community board staff headed by a District Manager. The Community Board members oversee the District Manager and the District Office. The Boards advise on all land use matters, the capital and expense budgets of the City of New York and provide planning for the welfare and orderly development of its district. After four years of operation in this final stage of decentralization with coterminus service delivery districts, the system is on the road to success.

Subject Headings: Local government | Managers | Land use | Assets | Budgets | Highways and roads | New York City | New York | United States | United Kingdom | Europe | London | England

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