NYC Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit Newsletter – 03/13/2023

Dear fellow New Yorker,  

Mayor Adams announced the creation of the Office of Asylum Seeker Operations (OASO) and released a blueprint on the City’s response to the asylum seeker crisis. OASO will manage a new, centralized 24/7 arrival center and lead initiatives including includes emergency housing, resettlement, and workforce development. The pursuit of the American dream is the heart of New York City’s communities, and we look forward to working together with our colleagues in government to continue to offer humane relief and support.  

New York was proud to join in celebrating International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day began 166 years ago in New York City on March 8, 1857, when female textile workers marched in protest of unfair working conditions and unequal rights for women. In City Hall, Mayor Adams displayed Elena del Rivero’s artwork, “Home Address,” which consists of large flags resembling stained dish towels and reflects the artist’s commentary on the complex and shifting roles of women through history.  

Holi is the Hindu festival of colors, spring, and love. We hope the vibrant colors of the festival filled the lives of New Yorkers with happiness and positivity. Happy Holi!  

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      

Hear Directly From The Mayor      
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    Key Updates:    
Annual NYC School Survey, Deadline March 31! 
Available in 10 languages, and open to City public school families, teachers, employees serving grades 3–K through 12, and students in grades 6–12, the Survey provides the New York City Department of Education with your feedback about the experiences in City public schools. Complete the survey by Friday, March 31.  Families can access the survey by logging into their NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) or by going to     
A bigger NYC EITC. Full refund. Your family deserves it. Get it back.
IRS certified VITA/TCE volunteer preparers. In-person or online options. No fees so you get more money from credits like the NYC Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). If you earn $80,000 or less, file for free with NYC Free Tax Prep.
Property Tax Exemption Deadline: March 15    
The Department of Finance administers tax exemptions and abatements that help New Yorkers save on their property taxes. Full eligibility information and application instructions:  

$150 Property Tax Rebate  
Homeowners have until March 15, 2023, to apply if they haven’t already received the fiscal year 2023 property tax rebate.  If your property is your primary residence and your total household income is $250,000 or less, you may be entitled to a $150 property tax rebate.  More info at    

Notice of Property Value (NOPV) Season Is Here! 
Mailed to you each January, the NOPV will tell you our determination of your property’s market and assessed values. Want to learn more about this important notice and get help with any questions you might have? Visit to find an outreach event near you.  
Childcare Center Abatement
To help NYC invest in an accessible, equitable, and high-quality childcare system, Mayor Adams successfully championed a new property tax abatement for property owners who retrofit space to accommodate childcare centers. Property owners who create a childcare center or increase the number of seats at an existing childcare center may be eligible for a property tax abatement covering up to $225,000 of construction costs and a business income tax credit for businesses that provide free or subsidized infant/toddler care for their employees.  Applications for the property tax abatement program for this current fiscal year are currently available and the deadline for submitting the application and the submission of supportive documents to Department of Finance is March 15th. For more information go the Department of Finance’s website,, and search “Childcare Center Abatement” to learn more about the abatement.    
Waste Setout Times Will Change on April 1, 2023
The City of New York is taking steps to reduce the piles of bags on the curb by changing the waste setout times. New rules for setting out trash, recycling, and curbside composting go into effect on April 1, 2023.   See the changes here:   Below is a summary of those rules and how they will impact residences and businesses.
Residential Rules –
Residential buildings have three options:  Place trash out after 6:00 PM in a container with a secure lid,  Place trash out after 8:00 PM if putting bags directly on the curb, or If a building has nine or more residential units, the property owner may opt into a 4:00 – 7:00 AM set-out window instead.

Please Note: The opt-in period runs each year for the month of January (

Commercial Rules
Businesses that place the waste at the curb* for collection have two options: If using a container with a secure lid, place the waste at the curb 1 hour before closing, or If putting bags directly on the curb, place waste out after 8:00 PM Bundled cardboard may go next to the containers or bags * This does not apply to businesses that have waste collected from a loading dock.    
Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is the nation’s largest youth employment program, connecting NYC youth between the ages of 14 and 24 with career exploration opportunities and paid work experiences each summer. The deadline to submit applications is 03/31/2023.  Visit to find out more! 
    In case you missed it:    
.@mayorsCAU #Bronx Borough Director visited Direction For Our Youth (@DFOYinc) at the Butler Cornerstone Community Center in #ClaremontVillage. Program Director Robert A. Brown gave a tour showcasing the available program for children and adults. — Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit (@mayorsCAU) March 10, 2023    
Congratulations to Barbara Askins of the @125thstreetbid! 👏 @mayorsCAU #Manhattan Borough Director attended the 2023 OTTY (“Our Town Thanks You”) Awards, at which Ms. Askins was honored. — Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit (@mayorsCAU) March 10, 2023    
On #InternationalWomensDay @mayorsCAU South Asian Liaison attended the GPK Foundation’s event celebrating women in power and beyond. — Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit (@mayorsCAU) March 9, 2023  
    Highlights From the City Hall Press Office:      

Mayor Released Blueprint to Handle Asylum Seeker Crisis Moving Forward:
Mayor Adams released The Road Forward: Blueprint to Address New York City’s Response to the Asylum Seeker Crisis,” a comprehensive approach outlining the next phase of the city’s response to the unprecedented humanitarian crisis resulting from the surge of asylum seekers arriving in the five boroughs since last spring. The Office of Asylum Seeker Operations (OASO) will coordinate the city’s continued response with a focus on resettlement and legal services, as well as a new 24/7 arrival center for asylum seekers. New strategies to train asylum seekers for employment will include a program with houses of worship to provide asylum seekers with a place to stay and connection to services, and a partnership with SUNY Sullivan to provide job training and housing for asylum seekers as they await work authorization.  

Mayor Celebrated 20 Years of NYC311:
Mayor Adams celebrated the 20th anniversary of the launch of New York City’s 311 service, the platform that provides New Yorkers seeking information and assistance from the city agencies direct answers and support to their needs. Since it launched in March 2003, 311 has received more than 525 million contacts — through phone calls, texts, social media posts, website submissions, chat support, and a mobile app — from New Yorkers. As part of the celebration, Mayor Adams today released a State of 311 Report, detailing all-time contact statistics, peak moments of service, and some of the most popular service requests. Mayor Adams also released a video reciting a list of the most outrageous questions and comments New Yorkers have made to 311 over its 20-year span.  

“Broadway Vision” Plan to Create new Public Spaces:
Mayor Adams kicked off construction on a new phase of the administration’s “Broadway Vision” plan, which will create new public spaces and make streets safer between Madison Square and Herald Square in Manhattan. This phase of the plan will deliver two new plazas, shared streets, and a two-way bike lane on Broadway from West 25th Street to West 32nd Street.
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.
COVID-19 and Other Respiratory Illnesses: Resources including test kits, treatment, vaccines, and masks available to New Yorkers as New York City experiences high levels of COVID-19, flu, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and other respiratory viruses.
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.