NYC Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit Newsletter

Dear fellow New Yorker,

The Mayor last week launched efforts to tackle the city’s persistent and severe housing shortage by enabling the creation of “a little more housing in every neighborhood” through the “City of Yes for Housing Opportunity” proposal to help created an additional 100,000 new homes. 

Yom Kippur, the most holy day of the Jewish year, is the day of atonement, and marks 10 days of awe—a period of introspection and repentance. In Judaism, Yom Kippur is when God decides each person’s fate, so Jews are encouraged to make amends and ask forgiveness for sins committed during the past year.

Happy Chuseok to all our Korean neighbors! Also known as Hangawi, Chuseok is a major mid-autumn harvest festival and a three-day holiday in South Korea. It is a time for games and dances in celebration of the harvest, and thanksgiving. 

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

Day of Action, Wednesday, September 27th 
The New York City Street Harassment Prevention Advisory Board (SHPAB) invites you to take the street harassment public survey, to share the resource guide, and to join us at a citywide DAY OF ACTION on Wednesday, September 27, 2023, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at designated locations in each of the five boroughs.  For more information, contact us at or visit SHPAB. Community Event: Funk Flex Feeds the Block on Tuesday, September 26th
In case you missed it:
Breaking Bread, Building Bonds is a citywide initiative from @NYCMayor that cultivates the diversity of our city and brings New Yorkers together around meals to break down silos between #communities.

Thank you to Bay Ridge Community Centre and Bibi Ishak for organizing an event!— Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit (@mayorsCAU) September 25, 2023
.@mayorsCAU Commr @FKreizman distributed food to New Yorkers who are homeless in partnership with Ali Baba Restaurant.— Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit (@mayorsCAU) September 25, 2023
Highlights From the City Hall Press Office: 

Mayor Adams, Sanitation Commissioner Tisch Announce Next Phase of War on Rats: All Businesses Must Place Trash in Containers: Mayor Adams, Sanitation Commissioner Tisch announce a new plan to get more black trash bags off of city sidewalks by requiring all businesses to put trash in containers. Advancing the administration’s efforts to “Get Stuff Clean,” reclaim public space, and improve quality of life for all New Yorkers, DSNY today proposed a new rule under which all commercial trash — approximately 20 million pounds per day — must be in a secure, lidded container beginning March 1, 2024. 

Mayor Adams Launches “Getting 97 Done,” Comprehensive Mobilization Strategy To Reduce Building Emissions: Mayor Adams launches “Getting 97 Done”. Focus on compliance with Local Law 97 will maximize Greenhouse gas emissions reductions strategy includes New City programs to support buildings making green upgrades, new rules with clear guidance on building owner obligations. 
Additional Resources:
Food Help NYCFree 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.