About Community Board 5

Servicing the needs of more than 184,000 residents composed of a variety of ethnic and income group that reflect in a true sense the mosaic mirror of the City of Brooklyn. Its boundaries are from the north: Jackie Robinson Parkway (Queens Border) to the south: Belt Parkway: from the east: Queens City line (border to the west: Van Sinderen and Louisiana Avenue.

What We Do?

Brooklyn Community Board 5 covers all areas of East New York, including Cypress, Spring Creek, Starrett City, Gateway and Highland Park.  Members of the Community Board are non-salaried members, who are appointed by the Borough President and City Council Members who represent areas within the district.

The Community Board’s staffed office is referred to as the District Office, which is headed by the District Manager.  The District Office provides assistance to the Community Board in regards to its work within the community, as an advisory body.  Another obligation of the District Office is to assist in resolving community complaints as it relates to municipal services.

Residents of the East New York community are encouraged to attend monthly general meetings and committee meetings.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Community Board?
New York City is divided into 59 geographic Community Districts, each one having an appointed Community Board. The Community Boards are municipal bodies of up to 50 representative Board Members. Board Members are appointed by their respective Borough President, half of them at the recommendation of their local City Council Member. They serve in a voluntary capacity for two year staggered terms. Board Members are your neighbors – people who live, work, own a business, or have some other significant interest in the Community District. The Community Board hires a District Manager who is responsible for running the District Office.
What is the job of the District office?
The CB5 District Office has two primary functions – to process citizen complaints and requests for services, and to provide administrative support for the Community Board. The District Office maintains all the public records of the activities of the Community Board and is responsible for setting up and preparing notices of all Community Board meetings and functions. Additionally, the District Office reviews Street Activity Permit applications for street fairs, block parties and other street closures, monitors the delivery of municipal services and, in general, acts as a one-stop shopping point for information and referrals pertaining to all City government matters. The District Office is a professional, non-partisan office. There are no fees for any services provided.
When does Community Board 5 meet?

Community Board 5 meets the 4th Wednesday of every month, except July & August. There are no meetings held during the months of July & August. Meeting dates can change because of weather and holidays, so be sure to check the BrooklynCB5.org website regularly to find out about updates and meeting changes. 

Can I speak at a Community Board meeting?

Yes, you can. You must show up to the monthly meeting early and sign up for a 2 minute slot.

Are you a board member?

Community District Needs

Board Members

Ack, DebraBailey, Jessica
Berkel, ElmoBonefont, Nydia
Bright, VivianBullock, Charles
Cherry-Perez, NatashaColon, Juan
Edwards, ShariEugene, Tahir
Feliciano, MiguelFischer, Angus
Florentino, WilfredoFranco, Jessica
Fynn, OdessaGoodwin, Ora
Guerrero, LisaIngram, Gregory
Jacobs, SuzanneJohnson, Ro
Jones-Roberts, GraceLowman, Alice
Mena, FranklynMercado, Damian
Mitchell, AndrattaMullen-Fields, Leslie
Nkhereanye, KelebohilePerez, Luz
Pierre, KelleyPugh, Evelyn
Ramos, AlbertoReeder, Stephanie
Riggins, VincentRivera, Jimmy
Ross, DianaSantos, Boris
Sattar, AbdulScott Jr., Albert
Scott-Brayboy, JoyceThomas, Isaiah
Thorne, MarshaTomlin, Dr. Sheila
Toomer, Muhammad PaulTorres, Luz
Wallace, MoniqueWatson, Gena
Zaman, Adam


Learn more about the statistics from Community Board 5 District

Population (2000 Census)

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Age Under 18


Age 65 & Over


Access to Parks


Street Cleanliness


Foreign-Born Population