Submitted by ub on Thu, 08/02/2012 - 11:42

Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. today announced the formation of the Community Board District Office Management Task-force, which is designed to examine best practices, policies and procedures on important issues facing all 12 community boards in the Bronx.

“Our community boards play an important role in shaping our local communities and improving the quality of life for all New Yorkers. This is a fitting time for all of us as leaders to come together and reflect on ways we can individually contribute to our communities and assist in serving the borough’s 1.4 million residents. I strongly believe that together we can work towards building a better borough and a better city, and our community boards are a great place from which to develop that agenda,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

As part of the Task-force, Community Board District Managers will meet with Borough President Diaz on a monthly basis to streamline policies, discuss and present ideas that directly affect their community board, and develop common strategies on issues that concern each board and the borough as a whole.

The Distinct Office Management Task-force, which will be chaired by Community Board #4 District Manager Jose Rodriguez, will issue a full report on their work next year.

“I am excited. This task-force is a unique opportunity for us to address our common socioeconomic and quality of life concerns. If done right, this will put us in a position to develop long range objectives for our borough,” said Community Board #4 District Manager Jose Rodriguez.

Under the New York City Charter, Community Boards have specific responsibilities relating to the delivery of municipal services, the city budget, land use and zoning. The Task-force will examine how the delivery of city services has changed over the last 10 years and make recommendations on how Community Boards can leverage these developments to improve oversight, execution and equity.

The duties of board member include participating in recommendations regarding city budget priorities that affect the social, economic, health and safety needs of the community. Members also advise government agencies and elected officials on matters relating to the welfare of the district and its residents.