NYC Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit Newsletter – May 08, 2023

Dear fellow New Yorker,  
Last Thursday, the Mayor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Partnerships led the New York City Day of Prayer and called on New Yorkers of all faiths to visit their churches, mosques, mandirs, and temples to join with others in prayer. Follow our colleagues on Twitter @NYCFaithOffice for more works to build bridges among City government and diverse religious communities!  

On Friday, those of the Buddhist faith celebrated Vesak, which commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and death of Gautama Buddha. Wishing the Buddhist community a happy Vesak day with abundant fortune and happiness!  

On Cinco de Mayo, the Mexican community celebrated Mexico’s victory over the Second French Empire at the Battle of Puebla. Happy Cinco de Mayo to the Mexican community!  

Coming soon to a neighborhood near you – the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit is organizing the administration’s second series of community conversations. There will be at least nine town halls in neighborhoods in all five boroughs on a wide variety of issues.  

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      
New Yorkers can sign up online to listen to the Get Stuff Done-Cast updates and hear directly from Mayor Adams about exclusive updates, major policies and initiatives, and local events.
    Key Updates:    
NYC Government Hiring Hall, May 11th. Join us at our Hiring Hall to meet with representatives from different City agencies. On-the-spot interviews will be conducted for select City government jobs including engineers, inspectors, clerical associates, community coordinators, city research scientists, eligibility specialists, and more!
Date: Thursday, May 11, 2023
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Gerard Carter Center 230 Broad Street Staten Island, NY 10304
Registration: See link here   Please bring multiple copies of your resume on the day of the event.    
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Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) is accepting
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This full-time two-year program is hosted by DCAS in collaboration with
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The fellowship will begin in August 2023. Apply Now!
  About The People’s Money:
The People’s  Money gives all New Yorkers age 11 and up, regardless of immigration status, the opportunity to decide how to spend $5 million of Mayoral expense funding on projects in their community. 

Participatory Budgeting began in NYC in 2011 when the City Council started PBNYC, and today many City Council members participate by voluntarily putting up their own discretionary funding.  The People’s Money is the first citywide process utilizing Mayoral expense funding. Expense funding can be used for projects and services, and the citywide process allows all New Yorkers to participate, regardless of the council district they live in. To learn more about the process, visit  

Participatory Budgeting Vote Period – May 10th to June 25th.  Please save the date of May 10th – that is when voting will begin for The People’s Money, NYC’s first-ever citywide participatory budgeting (PB) process, run by the NYC Civic Engagement Commission!  

How to Vote between May 10th – June 25th: Online Ballot: Starting May 10th, visit to vote online.  

For Organizations: Organizations and groups can invite CEC staff to attend their event/meeting/forum to lead a voting activity between May 10th – June 25th, or groups can request paper ballots and a ballot box to organize their own activities. Sign up here:

For Individuals: Individuals can volunteer with the CEC to canvass and table at pop-up events with paper ballots! Sign up here:    
DEP Amnesty Program extended until  May 31, 2023. DEP is offering a limited one-time amnesty with up to 100% interest forgiveness for all delinquent customers to help New Yorkers clear their debt and save money.○ To receive amnesty and confirm eligibility, or for more information, customers should visit DEP’s water amnesty website or call (718) 595-7000.
Help Prevent the Spread of Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) Harming city’s wildlife is prohibited. However, in an effort to slow the spread of this species, if you see a Spotted Lanternfly you should squish and dispose of it.
Report Signs of SLF Infestation: You can report any signs of SLF infestation to the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets at You can also report the finding by email to Make sure to include photos, location of infestation, and details of property damage.
    In case you missed it:    
Queens of @RuPaulsDragRace join in an @LGBTCenterNYC discussion on the unacceptable attacks on drag, #transgender youth, and LGBTQ+ people.

The City of New York roots for our #LGBTQ community everywhere- and especially for NYC’s own @TheKandyMuse and @AlexisLives on #AllStars8! — Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit (@mayorsCAU) May 6, 2023    
.@mayorsCAU Commissioner @FKreizman met with the #Flatbush Neighborhood Improvement Coalition to discuss how we can work together to serve New Yorkers. — Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit (@mayorsCAU) April 27, 2023    
    Highlights From the City Hall Press Office:      

New Investments Around Broadway Junction Subway Station: Mayor Adams announced a major public investment in the area around the Broadway Junction subway station in Brooklyn that will deliver vibrant public space, improve quality of life, create family-sustaining jobs, and unlock inclusive economic growth throughout East New York. Driving the plan is a $500 million public investment in the community, including $400 million from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) for accessibility upgrades at the Broadway Junction station complex, part of ongoing efforts to make the station a true regional transit center. The remainder is a $95 million city investment to activate underutilized public spaces around the subway complex; improve street safety for pedestrians, cyclists, and all road users; and create approximately one acre of new open space.  

Successful Water Bill Debt Forgiveness Program Extended:
Mayor Adams announced that New York City is extending the successful water bill amnesty program first launched in January for an additional month — through May 31, 2023 — to help New Yorkers save money while also clearing debt. The limited-time program has already brought in more than $80 million from delinquent accounts and has helped New York customers clear their debts, saving them $12 million in interest so far. Over 40% of the nearly 200,000 customers with a late water bill participated. Money recouped through this program is used to invest in making the city’s water system more resilient, maintain and upgrade critical infrastructure, and keep water rates low.  

Second Series of Community Town Halls, ‘Talk with Eric’ Launched: Mayor Adams announced the launch of “Talk with Eric” — the administration’s second series of community conversations. There will be at least nine town halls in neighborhoods in all five boroughs on a wide variety of issues. This series follows 2022’s highly successful series of eight “Community Conversations on Public Safety,” where Mayor Adams and leaders in the Adams administration engaged in dialogues with community members in each of the eight New York City Police Department patrol boroughs.  
Additional Resources:  
Food Help NYC: Free food locations including food pantries & soup kitchens.
NYC Well: NYC Well is your connection to free, confidential crisis counseling, mental health and substance use support, information and referrals. You can reach the toll-free help line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone, text and online chat.
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
253 Broadway 9th Fl
New York, NY 10007
United States