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Serving on an advisory neighborhood commission (ANC) has always been hard work, but now it comes with its own reward. In June, Mayor Anthony A. Williams will unveil the Mayor’s ANC Leadership Award, an honor reserved for commissions who best serve their communities and “who demonstrat[e] acts of generosity and kindness.” Winners will appear in the mayor’s community newsletter and at his weekly press briefing. They’ll receive a pin and a certificate, too. “Mayor Williams is always looking for ways to strengthen relationships between the ANCs and him,” says mayoral spokesperson Sharon Gang. “ANCs play a critical role in our community.” The mayor is so grateful, apparently, that he’s giving the prestigious award to representatives of 16 separate ANCs, nearly half of the commissions. Phil Spalding, a commissioner in Shaw, suspects the abundance of awards is an attempt to curry favor. And, he adds, he doesn’t think his commission deserves a prize. “It’s a pain in the neck to get stuff done,” he says.

—Jeff Horwitz