NYC Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit Newsletter – 08/07/2023

Dear fellow New Yorker,  

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships. On Tuesday, Mayor Adams, Commissioners, and CAU staff  attended National Night Out events in every NYPD precinct throughout the city. Citations were presented to precinct council presidents and precinct Commanding Officers for their unwavering efforts in fighting crime and keeping communities safe.

Ecuadorians celebrate independence from Spain on August 10th. On that day in 1809, Creole rebels took over the Ecuadorian capital of Quito. This independence only lasted for 24 days, thus the phrase “el primer grito”, which means the first cry for independence. Ecuador managed to gain full independence from Spain in 1822. Happy independence day to the Ecuadorian community!

“Summer’s here, and people are dancing in the street” – it’s a fitting description of this New York City summer, with two free concert series to enjoy. There are upcoming “Rise Up NYC” concerts in the Bronx, Queens, and Manhattan. Mayor Adams and ‘ITSALLBLACKMUSIC PRESENTS’ also announced the lineups for the “5X5 Block Party Series” and live conversations.  

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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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!  

August 11th at  2:00 PM Registration Link:  

August 15th at 6:00 PM Registration Link:  

If you’re unable to make an info session, go to for more information, including, flyers in multiple languages.     
Animal Care Center of NYC Virtual Foster Orientations. If you are interested in fostering a cat or dog, sign up for one of ACC’s foster orientation.  For more information go to   Foster Orientations: Sunday, August 13th at 11:00 AM (Cats) Sunday, August 13th at 1:30 PM (Dogs) Sunday, August 27th at 11:00 AM (Kittens)
    In case you missed it:    
.@mayorsCAU stopped by the @NYPD106Pct #NNO2023 event, held in partnership with Queens Community Board 10 and the Lions Club. A proclamation was presented to the 106th for all their hard work to keep the community safe.
📷 with @NYCSpeakerAdams & @KhaleelAnderson — Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit (@mayorsCAU) August 4, 2023    
Public safety starts with strong relationships between community and local police. 🤝@mayorsCAU #Queens Borough Director joined @NYCFinance Sheriff Miranda and @NYPD112Pct for #NationalNightOut in #ForestHills! — Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit (@mayorsCAU) August 4, 2023    
.@mayorsCAU #Bronx Boro Director was happy to be able to join @NYPD50PCT and @BXCB8 for their #NNO2023 festivities. 😎 — Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit (@mayorsCAU) August 4, 2023    
Highlights From the City Hall Press Office:      

Record-Breaking Year for Creating + Connecting Nyers to Affordable Housing: Mayor Adams announced landmark progress in his efforts to tackle the city’s affordable housing crisis and connect New Yorkers to safe, high-quality, affordable homes. In Fiscal Year 2023, the administration produced 26,682 affordable homes through new construction and preservation deals – a 22% increase over the prior year. That total includes 12,278 homes that will be newly constructed, the second-highest number of new affordable homes funded in one year since tracking began in 1976. As Mayor Adams advanced a package of reforms to the City Fighting Homelessness and Eviction Prevention Supplement (CityFHEPS) housing voucher program and eliminated the 90-day length-of-stay requirement for New Yorkers in shelter to be eligible for the vouchers, DSS connected more New Yorkers to permanent housing using CityFHEPS vouchers than in any other year in the program’s history.

Free Broadband Now Available to 150,000 NYCHA Households: Mayor Adams announced the expansion of “Big Apple Connect”  to 17 new public housing developments —contributing to the delivery of free in-home internet and basic cable TV to a total of more than 330,000 in 150,000 households citywide. Building on the success of the program’s first two phases, which prioritized New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments with limited or no subsidized broadband options, today’s expansion answers calls from tenant associations and elected officials to expand the initiative, which now reaches a total of 220 NYCHA facilities.

First Resident Vote for Public Housing Preservation Trust at Nostrand Houses: Mayor Adams took a major step towards unlocking billions of dollars for comprehensive renovations for thousands of NYCHA residents — kicking off the resident engagement process for the first resident vote for the Public Housing Preservation Trust. The first resident vote will take place at Nostrand Houses in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn starting this November. Nostrand has more than $600 million in 20-year capital needs and ranks in the 80th percentile of NYCHA buildings for immediate physical needs, and its selection follows      
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.