NYC Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit Newsletter – 05/22/2023

Dear fellow New Yorker,  

This past weekend, Nepalese New Yorkers celebrated their culture and traditions in a parade along Sixth Avenue. Mayor Adams and I joined the Nepal Day Parade and expressed our appreciation for this vibrant community.  

The Parade of Ships is returning for the 35th Annual Fleet Week! Fleet Week’s flotilla of ships on the Hudson River marks the beginning of summer in New York City. We encourage New Yorkers to take their families and friends to enjoy public ship tours, aviation demonstrations, military band performances, and interactive displays throughout the tri-state area.  

We pay homage to Georgian New Yorkers as they share their culture and freedom after breaking away from Russian rule more than 30 years ago. Happy Georgian Independence Day!  

The Guyanese community is the fifth largest foreign-born community in New York City and the second largest in Queens. It was 57 years ago that Guyana gained liberty from British rule. Happy Guyana Independence 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
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 24th. 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: Wednesday, May 24, 2023 Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Location:  133-33 39th Avenue Flushing, NY 11354, Tangram Mall 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.   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:         The second annual Riverdale Pride event on June 4th. 
  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
    In case you missed it:    
Bronx residents should not have to travel to Manhattan or Brooklyn to access essential @NYCACC community services.
For far too long, the Bronx has gone without a full-service animal care center, today we take a step towards ending this inequity to serve Bronx families and pets. — Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit (@mayorsCAU) May 18, 2023    
Bronx residents should not have to travel to Manhattan or Brooklyn to access essential @NYCACC community services.
For far too long, the Bronx has gone without a full-service animal care center, today we take a step towards ending this inequity to serve Bronx families and pets. — Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit (@mayorsCAU) May 18, 2023    
.@mayorsCAU Bronx Borough Director attended today’s @NYPD41Pct Peace March in the #HuntsPoint neighborhood of #TheBronx. We must all work together to combat gun violence. — Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit (@mayorsCAU) May 17, 2023    
    Highlights From the City Hall Press Office:       Adams Administration Rallies for Passage of Community Hiring Legislation: The Adams administration co-hosted a rally with members of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Caucus, as well as union officials and community advocates to urge state lawmakers to pass legislation authorizing community hiring provisions for New York City. The proposed legislation would empower the city to set local hiring requirements in city-funded contracts, connecting an estimated 36,000 New Yorkers from economically disadvantaged communities to apprenticeship opportunities and jobs annually.   Plan Announced to Combat Retail Theft in New York City: Mayor Adams announced the release a comprehensive plan to combat retail theft across New York City’s five boroughs. The increase in retail theft has significantly impacted retailers that are still recovering from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Retail Theft Report includes both upstream, program-oriented solutions and enhanced enforcement efforts, as well as information on existing efforts across New York City agencies to combat retail theft. The report was created through a collaborative effort between retailers, law enforcement, and other stakeholders that came together through a summit hosted by Mayor Adams at Gracie Mansion.   Gun Hill Road Redesign Kicks Off: Mayor Adams announced the start of construction on the Gun Hill Road Bus Priority and Safety project in the Bronx, which will deliver faster and more reliable service for 40,000 daily bus riders and safer streets along a Vision Zero Priority Corridor. DOT will redesign more than 20 intersections to expand pedestrian safety, shorten crossings, and calm traffic along one of the most dangerous stretches in the borough. At more than three miles, the Gun Hill Road Bus Priority and Safety project is one of the largest bus priority projects under the Adams administration.
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    If you believe you received this message in error or wish to no longer receive email from us, please unsubscribe.