Government & Politics

The Neighborhood


Community Board 9 (map) is the community board for Morningside Heights north of 110th St. - 565 W. 125th St. 864-6200. Community Board 7 is for south of 110th St. Community Boards are units of the city government that hold public hearings and take votes on matters of local concern. About community boards.

The City


City of New York Official Home Page


Manhattan Guide For Voters (.pdf)


City Zoning Handbook


Landmarks Preservation Commission


Bill Perkins, our City Council member


C. Virginia Fields, Manhattan borough president


Michael Bloomberg, our mayor

The State


Danny O'Donnell, our state assemblyman | more info


George Pataki, our governor

The Federal Government


Jerrold Nadler, our congressman (and former local resident): his home page | his page


Charles Schumer, our senator: his home page | his page


Hillary Rodham Clinton, our senator: her home page | her page



The Broadway Democrats: This is the local Democratic political club, with a highly progressive orientation. Contact Curtis Arluck (212) 662-4057.


When communicating with public officials, a written document (letter or fax) is best, followed by a phone call; e-mail is least effective. Don't be offended if you end up talking to staffers, not the principal, and remember that identifying yourself as an actual constituent increases your credibility. Be polite, brief, and clear.

Mr. Eric Nelson
Chair of Community Board 7
250 West 87th St.
New York, N.Y. 10024
fax 595-9317

City Councilman Stanley Michels
49 Chambers Street, Room 400
New York, NY 10007
(212) 788-7700

City Councilman Bill Perkins
163 West 125th Street
New York, NY 10027
(212) 662-4440

City Councilman Philip Reed
105 East 116th Street
New York, NY 10029
(212) 828-9800

Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields
One Centre Street, 19th Floor
New York, New York, 10007

Public Advocate Mark Green
1 Centre Street, 15th floor
New York, NY 10007
(212) 669-7200

Assemblyman Danny O'Donnell
Phone: 212.866.3970

State Senator David Paterson
163 West 125th Street Suite 932
New York, NY 10027
(212) 222-7315

State Senator Eric Schneiderman
1841 Broadway Suite 608
New York, NY
(212) 397-5913

Congressman Jerrold Nadler
201 Varick Street, Room 669
New York, NY 10014
(212) 367-7350

Congressman Charles Rangel
163 West 125th Street Suite 737
New York, NY 10027
(212) 663-3900


The standard City of New York complaint number, for just about any topic, is 311 from any phone within city limits. Many city agencies only enforce the law in response to citizen complaints, so if you see a problem, the relevant agency may only do something about it if you notify them. Have your facts ready, but don't be afraid to call them, because it is their job.

NYC Department of Transportation, which anything to do with roads or sidewalks. Automated complaint hotline: 212-CALL-DOT.