The New York City Council
The Council functions as the City’s local legislature with the powers to oversee city agencies, land use and economic development; it enacts the budget and provides services to our local communities. There are 51 Council districts throughout the five boroughs, each representing approximately 157,500 citizens. Council members are elected every four years (two term limit), along with the Mayor, Comptroller, Borough Presidents and Public Advocate. In addition to their City Hall duties, each Council member maintains a district office which offers assistance to local neighborhood residents.
The Council’s Black, Latino and Asian Caucus has created the Jobs to Build On (JTBO) program to assist those who are unemployed, under employed or just entering the workforce. By expanding the services of a network of respected community based education, training and employment providers, the Council’s JTBO program creates pathways to meaningful employment for those in need.