NYC Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit Newsletter – May 15, 2023

Dear fellow New Yorker,  

The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (P-EBT) Food Benefits is a Federal program to provide food benefits to children who miss the opportunity to receive school meals due to pandemic-related school closures. These benefits will take the form of funds on electronic benefit transfer (EBT cards) which can be used in the same manner as SNAP (food stamp) cards. All children at DOE schools are eligible. For questions about this program email or call (833) 452-0096.  

Paraguay Independence Day was celebrated this past weekend as the Central American nation marks 212 years since it broke away from Spain which had occupied the nation for 300 years. As they say in Guarani, the second most widely spoken language in Paraguay, “Vy’apave indpendencia ara rehe” or Happy Independence Day to our Paraguayan fellow-New Yorkers.  

I want to wish all mothers happiness and good health as all New Yorkers honored and celebrated their mothers on Mother’s Day.  

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            

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    Key Updates:    
NYC Government Hiring Hall, May 20th. 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: Saturday, May 20, 2023 Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Location: 31 Chambers Street, Surrogate’s Court House Registration: See link here   Please bring multiple copies of your resume on the day of the event.    
Participatory Budgeting Vote has started and will go to June 25th!   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. To learn more about the process, visit
How to Vote between May 10th – June 25th: Online Ballot: Starting May 10th, visit to vote online. Paper Ballots: Starting May 10th, visit a vote site in your neighborhood: or visit the CEC at a pop-up vote event: to vote on a paper ballot. How to Spread the Word: Post Online: Starting May 10th, everyone can use the CEC’s digital toolkit to post on social media and email their networks. View here: 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:   See one pager below:      
  Financial help to cover the cost and installation of an air conditioner or fan. Cooling Assistance benefits are provided on a first come, first served basis to eligible applicants from May 1 to August 31, 2023. For more information go to the the Access NY site or  Call 718-557-1399 if you have questions about the benefit.
The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (P-EBT) is a Federal program to provide food benefits to children who miss the opportunity to receive school meals due to pandemic-related school closures.   These benefits will take the form of funds on electronic benefit transfer (EBT cards) which can be used in the same manner as SNAP (food stamp) cards.   Reminder to families with children eligible for free school meals to check for additional P-EBT benefits: or 1-888-328-6399
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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.
    In case you missed it:    
.@mayorsCAU #Bronx Borough Director attended the Health Fair + Skating Event at St. Mary’s Park for the annual #BronxWeek. 💪 — Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit (@mayorsCAU) May 15, 2023    
.@NYCMayor joined our proud Japanese community to celebrate the historic friendship between the U.S. and Japan on Central Park West during the Japan Parade on Saturday. — NYC Mayor’s Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) May 15, 2023    
    Highlights From the City Hall Press Office:      

Mayor Adams Announced Launch of Asylum Seeker Arrival Center: Mayor Adams announced the launch of the city’s first asylum seeker arrival center at The Roosevelt Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, which has been closed for nearly three years. Services offered will include New York City Department of Education school enrollment, Fair Fares enrollment, IDNYC, health insurance enrollment, mental health counseling, reticketing, and various services offered by community-based organizations. With the number of asylum seekers arriving in New York City expected to rapidly accelerate as Title 42 has now lifted, Mayor Adams renewed calls to the state and federal government for additional support as the city faces this crisis.  

140th Anniversary of Brooklyn Bridge Honored with Revitalized Public Space in Chinatown: Mayor Adams announced a plan to honor the 140th anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge’s opening by revitalizing public spaces in Chinatown, beginning with the opening of “the Arches,” directly adjacent to the 53 historic arches on the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge. The Arches will open on May 24, 2023 and be roughly one acre in size, with space for basketball, pickleball, shuffleboard, and publicly available seating. The Adams administration will kick off public engagement efforts this spring to evaluate other spaces in the neighborhood for potential upgrades.  

Major New Citywide Campaign to Dramatically Strengthen Literacy Launched: Mayor Adams and DOE Chancellor Banks launched “New York City Reads,” a major citywide campaign to declare literacy and reading instruction as the core focus and overriding priority of New York City’s public schools. This renews the commitment of public schools to the primary responsibility of ensuring the city’s students become confident readers and are able to learn basic algebra      
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