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Teens One Step Closer to Taking Over NYC

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Photo: S. Hammid/Corbis

Thanks to a new law, 16- and 17-year-olds are now allowed to serve on New York’s 50-person community boards, which advise the city government on zoning, traffic, liquor licenses, and budgets. (Previously, you had to be at least 18 to apply for a spot on one of the 59 panels.) One 16-year-old told the AP that while she’d be “nervous about being taken seriously” if she managed to join her neighborhood’s board, “I think that feeling would just motivate me to be as good as any of the adults.” If not better!