NYC Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit Newsletter – July 17, 2023

Dear fellow New Yorker,  

CAU joined Mayor Adams on Madison Avenue at Sunday’s Cuban and Hispanic Day Parade. New York City boasts the second largest Cuban community outside of Florida.   

The Mayor hosted a Puerto Rican heritage reception at Gracie Mansion last week. The celebration was followed by the raising of the Puerto Rican flag at Bowling Green Park. New York City is proud to be home to the largest Puerto Rican population in the United States.   

We join our Muslim neighbors as they celebrate Muharram, the start of the Islamic New Year. Muharram is a holy month and begins after the sighting of the new moon on the final day of the Islamic calendar.   

We salute and congratulate all Colombian New Yorkers in celebrating 213 years of independence on July 20th. On this day in 1810, residents of Bogota began protesting in the streets against Spanish rule.   

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:      

South Bronx Community Health and Resource Fair
Health+Hospitals/Gotham Health, Belvis are hosting a community health fair on July 26 at 11 AM located at  545 East 142nd St in the Bronx.  Get the health care you and your loved ones need. More details are on the English and Spanish flyers below.
The NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) is implementing a new rule starting August 1, all food-related businesses in NYC must use rigid containers with secure lids when setting out trash and compost for collection.  Join an info session to learn more. Help businesses in your district get more information!
July 18th at 11:00am
Registration Link:  

July 24th at 2:00pm  Registration Link:  

August 3 at 11:30am Registration Link:  

If you’re unable to make an info session, go to or reference to below flyers for information on the rule. 
Sign up for Breaking Bread, Building Bonds
Breaking Bread, Building Bonds is a citywide initiative from Mayor Eric Adams which aims to help end hate by bringing people together to see common bonds. This initiative is being led by the Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes and the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit. Breaking Bread, Building Bonds is determined to organize one thousand meals and conversations across the city with ten everyday people from New York City’s diverse communities.
Sign up here:
    In case you missed it:    
.@mayorsCAU Muslim Women Liaison attended the South Asian Women Eid Bazaar. Thank you to all host organizations: Fide, MCP, PASWO, and Waldain Foundation. Deinya Phenix and the New York Afro-Brazilian Percussion Ensemble in New York City performed beautifully! — Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit (@mayorsCAU) July 13, 2023    
    .@mayorsCAU #Bronx Borough Director teamed up with @NYCParks and Bronx Parks Commissioner Aponte at yesterday’s #CaringForEcho celebration at Richmond Echo Park. 🌳🌱🌞 — Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit (@mayorsCAU) July 13, 2023
    .@mayorsCAU was joined by @NYCHA‘s Public Safety Vice President to review public safety concerns at Twin Parks Houses. — Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit (@mayorsCAU) July 12, 2023
Highlights From the City Hall Press Office:      

Edward Caban Appointed NYPD Commissioner: Mayor Adams announced the appointment of Edward A. Caban as the 46th commissioner and Tania Kinsella as 45th first deputy commissioner of the New York City Police Department (NYPD). Caban is the first Latino to serve as commissioner of the NYPD in its 178-year history, and Kinsella is the first woman of color to serve as first deputy commissioner in NYPD history. A 32-year veteran of the NYPD, Caban has served at several precincts across the five boroughs where he has held nearly every position within the Police Department, including police officer, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, executive officer, commanding officer, deputy inspector, inspector, and first deputy commissioner before being promoted to commissioner.   

Financial Literacy Coming to City Youth Programs: Mayor Adams signed Intro. 54-A into law, amending the city’s administrative code to allow financial empowerment education in New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) programs. It codifies the financial literacy program in the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) and Runaway and Homeless Youth programs. The financial empowerment education includes instruction on personal finances, including banking, budgeting, credit, debt, saving, and taxes.  

Historic Progress Moving NYers from Shelter to Permanent Housing: Mayor Adams provided an update on the city’s record progress connecting New Yorkers living in city shelters to permanent housing. The update follows Mayor Adams’ signing of an emergency order eliminating the longstanding 90-day length-of-stay requirement for New Yorkers in shelter to be eligible for City Fighting Homelessness and Eviction Prevention Supplement (CityFHEPS) housing vouchers — the largest city-funded rental assistance program in the nation. Following the removal of the 90-day rule, over  500 households that would have otherwise been required to wait 90 days before becoming eligible for a housing voucher immediately became eligible for CityFHEPS, bringing them one step closer to finding permanent housing.
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.