Intro 585-2014, places a reasonable 12 year limit on Community Board member terms. The bill would only apply this limit to new Board members appointed after April 2016, but we believe term limits should be phased in for existing members as well to promote fairness. Term limits will help spur the recruitment of new talent and can increase civic engagement. Community Board members should be representative of the diverse communities they serve, and change as neighborhood dynamics change. Members should be free of conflicts of interest and they should hold community priorities, rather than political concerns, paramount. Additionally, Common Cause recommends that Board and Committee Chairpersons be limited to 3 consecutive terms, giving them a total of 6 years to serve in those roles, so the community can benefit from the multiplicity of ideas and approaches that comes with rotating leadership. Community Boards serve a vital role in our city as the most local level of government. Unfortunately, there is a real disparity among Community Boards. Each of the five boroughs has a different set of rules and procedures for appointing and reappointing Community Board members. As communities change over time, very often new residents are underrepresented, especially when experienced members are continually reappointed. Common Cause/NY supports Intro 585 because we believe it will help the Boards better reflect their district’s ethnic, age, and gender diversity, and should help balance the representation of tenants and homeowners.