From the Daily News:
It's one of the least glamorous volunteer jobs in New York City government - a seat on a community board.
More than 600 people in Queens serve on the borough's 14 community boards. That means they often sit through hours of hearings that focus on the finer points of municipal planning and zoning.
But they also have a front-row seat for major projects that move through their neighborhoods, and it can be a dream gig for gadflies, civic leaders and the politically ambitious.
Even so, dozens of board members in Queens failed to show up for more than half of the regular community board meetings last year. And an even larger number barely hit the 50% attendance rate, according to statistics obtained by Queens News.
Almost 60 people missed more than half of their regular board meetings in 2009.
The largest numbers of low-attendees were on Community Boards 3, 4 and 10.
But officials said quietly that some people are reappointed despite poor attendance because they offer vital professional experience or help make the board more diverse.
Many are also reluctant to force out longtime members who are absent for health reasons.