NYC Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit Newsletter – 11/14/2022

      Dear New Yorker,   Last week, CAU hosted a Community Conversation on Public Safety at James Madison High School in NYPD Patrol Borough Brooklyn North. We are grateful to the Brooklynites who came out that evening to discuss public safety concerns and possible solutions, as we continue to work together to make sure that all New Yorkers feel safe in our city.  

Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans and gives thanks for service to country. Mayor Adams marched up Fifth Avenue in the New York City Veterans Day Parade. Happy Veterans Day! To those who served, thank you for your service!  

For the latest updates, please follow CAU on Twitter and Facebook, and be sure to check out the Mayor’s ‘Week In Review’ video below!  

All the best,
Fred Kreizman Commissioner,
Community Affairs Unit          
Key Updates:    

New to, or interested in, contracting with the City of New York? Check out this new resource by the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services: Your Path to Contracting with the City!   

Your Path to Contracting with the City is a visual representation of a vendor’s typical roadmap to contracting with the City of New York. Clicking the image will take you to a new resource page with information and links to select learning resources.    

Get Your Updated COVID-19 Booster and Flu Shot Today!
Flu shots — available for age 6 months and older — and the new COVID-19 vaccine booster 
— available for age 5 and older — are recommended right now.
You should get the new COVID-19 booster, designed to protect against the new omicron subvariants, if you received your most recent COVID-19 vaccine dose at least two months ago.
Can I get the new COVID-19 booster at the same time as my flu shot?
Yes. You can get them at the same time or separately.
Can I get the new COVID-19 booster if I recently had COVID-19?
Yes, but consider waiting three months after you had COVID-19. You may want to get your 
booster sooner if you or a loved one are at higher risk of exposure to or severe illness 
from COVID-19. Talk to your health care provider if you have questions, or call 311 if 
you do not have a provider.
Which COVID-19 booster should I get?
You can get the updated Pfizer booster (if you are age 5 or older) or updated 
Moderna booster (if you are age 6 or older), regardless of the brand you 
To find a vaccination site, visit or call 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692). 
For more information, visit or    

The NYC Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD) is conducting a citywide Community Needs Assessment (CNA), to hear from New Yorkers about their highest priority needs and priorities for their communities. This data helps inform how DYCD directs funding, designs its programs, assesses program success, and gain insight as to where we need to improve our policies or practices.  We would love to encourage all members of your organization to a) complete our online CNA survey for themselves, as well as b) strongly encourage their family members, neighbors, friends, colleagues, and clients to complete the survey – the more voices the better, like voting.   The survey takes under 10 minutes to complete, and any NYC resident (ages 14+) is eligible to participate. Here is an electronic link to the survey. Thanks in advance for helping us spread the word!  

To facilitate additional participation beyond the electronic link, we have also printed surveys in 12 languages.    

We Need You! Now Hiring Emergency Snow Laborers 2022-2023 Season The New York City Department of Sanitation has announced that registration is now open for those interested in working as Emergency Snow Laborers for the 2022-2023 winter season. Emergency Snow Laborers are per-diem workers who remove snow and ice from bus stops, crosswalks, fire hydrants and step streets after heavy snowfalls. Snow Laborers earn $17 per hour to start, and $25.50 per hour after 40 hours are worked in a week.  

Snow laborers must be at least 18 years of age, be eligible to work in the United States, and capable of performing heavy physical labor. Additionally, candidates must be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. All applicants must bring the following items at the time of registration:
– Two small photos (1 ½ square)
– Original and copy of two forms of identification Social Security card
– Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
Those interested in becoming a Snow Laborer must register for an application appointment at Registration appointments take place at the Department’s 59 garages. Applicants should not attend the appointment if they have any COVID-19 symptoms.    

Do you need health insurance?
Do you need coverage you can afford?
Do you need help signing up for a new or different plan?
Now is the time to speak with a GetCoveredNYC Specialist to find out more about your health insurance coverage options      

In case you missed it:       
CAU and @NYCImmigrants Deputy Commissioners meet with the First Lady of Gambia and community leaders for a tour of @NYCHealthSystem Lincoln Hospital #intheBronx

— Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit (@mayorsCAU) November 8, 2022    

.@NYCMayorsOffice Chief of Staff Frank Carone and CAU join Belkis Lora and the families of the 265 victims of Flight 587 as we commemorate the 21st anniversary of the tragedy. We will never forget.

— Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit (@mayorsCAU) November 12, 2022    

Since 2012, @APIpflagnyc has endeavored to create a safe, healing space for the #AAPI #LGBTQ community and their families. We recognize their achievements with @NYCMayor’s proclamation to celebrate their 10th anniversary and proclaim today as API Rainbow Parents of PFLAG NYC Day!

— Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit (@mayorsCAU) November 12, 2022        

Highlights From the City Hall Press Office:        

Racial Justice Ballot Proposals Passed: On Election Day, New York City voters overwhelmingly supported three ballot proposals to advance racial justice and equity for all. Mayor Adams released a statement that said, “New Yorkers from all walks of life have made history to dismantle structural racism in our city and ensure equity is a core government function, setting a precedent that cities around the nation can follow.”  

Seven Child Care Bills Signed: Mayor Adams signed a package of seven bills to provide support for mothers, working parents, caregivers, and families in New York City. Specifically, two of the bills — Intros 485-A and 487-A — fulfill commitments from Mayor Adams’ “Accessible, Equitable, High-Quality, Affordable: A Blueprint for Child Care & Early Education in New York City,” by establishing a portal for accessible child care subsidies and a directory of child care programs in the city.  

‘Get Stuff Clean’ Aims to Upgrade City Cleanliness: Mayor Adams announced $14.5 million in new funding to create a cleaner city through a major upgrade to cleanliness protocols across the five boroughs. The ‘Get Stuff Clean’ initiative will invest $14.5 million this fiscal year alone to clean more than 1,000 ‘No Man’s Land’ neglected areas around the city, increase litter basket service, expand camera enforcement against illegal dumping, and bring on additional rat exterminators — resulting in faster and more reliable cleaning of every corner of the city.      

Additional Resources:      

Food Help NYC: Free food locations including food pantries & soup kitchens.
NYC Well: Free, confidential mental health support in more than 200 languages, 24/7/365. Call 888-NYC-WELL or text “WELL” to 65173.
Mental Health For All: A comprehensive hub with helplines and services that offer a range of free, direct support to meet the needs of all New Yorkers.
Buildings After Hours: Free in-person information session with DOB staff every Tuesday from 4 PM to 7 PM at your local borough office.
Notify NYC: Enroll for free in New York City’s dedicated emergency public communications program. 311: Non-emergency municipal services available online, by texting 311-692, or by calling 3-1-1 from within the City or 212-NEW-YORK outside the five boroughs. TTY service is also available by dialing 212-504-4115.          

Mayor’s Office–Community Affairs
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New York, NY 10007
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