The Community Mayors has a Board of Directors which includes three officers and no less than 6 and no more than 15 members who serve three year terms on a rotating basis. Approximately one hundred Mayors and Associate Mayors represent communities from New York and the tri-state area.

We have no paid staff. All money raised by the organization goes directly to benefit the children. In addition, thousands of volunteers from the uniformed service organizations, businesses, government, and the community at large participate in the activities. The New York City Firefighters, the Port Authority Police of New York and New Jersey, the New York City Police Department, the NYC Sanitation Department, Secret Service, and FBI all provide significant volunteer personnel and services.

Over the years, the Community Mayors has served the needs of millions of children with disabilities by providing opportunities for them to experience and enjoy a diverse array of events and activities tailored to their unique needs. Through the efforts of all those who give their time, energy, and financial support, The Community Mayors is able to make a positive difference in the lives of the children it serves.

As you can imagine these are monumentally complicated events. But the most amazing thing is that they are completely staffed by volunteers. We are funded almost exclusively by donations from our own membership and in-kind contributions from sponsors like Delta and Macy’s. Over 95% of received donations go directly into our events, a percentage almost unheard of in charitable organizations. Our membership boasts the best of New York’s best, including such luminaries as former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, NY State Senator Marty Golden, NY State Senator, Tony Avella, Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz and many more.

To continue our all-important work, to enrich and expand the activities we offer children with disabilities, we need your help. Together, we can provide these special children with experiences that engage their minds, hearts, and spirits.

Visit our events page to see what we do. If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution, visit our donations page.


The organization, founded by Louis Zeltner in 1875 as The Locality Mayors, was dedicated to communal civic and charitable activities, and included Teddy Roosevelt among its notable members.

In 1957, under the leadership of Dominick Della Rocca, K.M., the organization was reincorporated as The Community Mayors, a 501-C-3 not-for-profit, non-political organization, with special needs children as its primary focus, dedicated to improving the quality of life of children with disabilities. 

Dominick Della Rocca dedicated his life to the special children and was the Community Mayors’ Chief Mayor for almost 50 years. Today, under the leadership of his daughter, Shelley, the Community Mayors provides “recreational therapy” for over 50,000 children with disabilities in the New York area each year by sponsoring a series of varied events and activities.

See Dominick Della Rocca biography.