NYC Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit Newsletter


Dear New Yorker,

What a week! Despite the hot weather, CAU was happy to be all over the city promoting vaccinations! As of today, over 4.5 million New Yorkers have been vaccinated and are ready to get back to normal.

One way you can help prepare for the summer is by getting vaccinated. Getting appointments is now easier than ever with more locations throughout the City being added every day.

June 1st marked the start of Pride Month around the world. CAU couldn’t think of a better way to kick off summer in NYC and is excited to celebrate with our LGBTQ+ allies.

Summer of NYC is finally here and open to everyone.

In partnership,

Roberto Pérez,

Commissioner, Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit

Key Updates:

Ranked Choice Voting is Here!

Hey NYC! Are you registered to vote? 

Check registration:



Tech Tools

In collaboration with RankedVote, DemocracyNYC has launched a multilingual, interactive online app that mimics the NYC ballot and helps New Yorkers better understand how Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) works before heading to the polls.

City Artist Corps

City Artist Corps Grants is part of City Artist Corps, a new $25 million recovery initiative designed to help artists who were both hard hit by the pandemic and who may have been left out of other local and federal funding opportunities. Follow the Link for More Info

Waitlists are Open! 

Waitlists are currently open for pre-K, kindergarten, middle school, and high school admissions. For more info please follow the Link 

Summer Rising Grades K-8

Summer Rising is New York City’s free summer program for any City child in grades K–8, including students with disabilities, who wants to participate. Registration For Summer Rising programs (grades K-8) families can sign up through the Discover DYCD website starting on Monday, April 26. Schools will also reach out to families to encourage them to sign up and help them do so.

2021 Atlantic hurricane season

To mark the beginning of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, New York City Emergency Management unveiled the City’s revised hurricane evacuation zones. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30.

New Yorkers are encouraged to:

  • Visit the Know Your Zone website to find out whether they live in one of the City’s six hurricane evacuation zones.
  • Take steps to be prepared for coastal storms and hurricanes using the My Emergency Plan + Hurricanes and New York City available in 13 languages and available in an audio format.
  • Sign up for Notify NYC, the City’s free, official emergency communications program.
  • Tune into our Prep Talk podcast on SoundCloudiTunes, or Spreaker for an outline on the changes of the NYC hurricane evacuation zones.
  • Read NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Scrivani’s Op-Ed titled “NYC is ready for hurricane season — are you?
  • In case you missed it: 

    A big thank you to all of our panelists for participating at our “Family Means Everything: Protecting Our Loved Ones from COVID-19” Spanish language town hall and adding so much value to the conversation. @nycHealthy

    — NYC Mayor’s CAU (@mayorsCAU) June 10, 2021

    @mayorsCAU organized a conversation on the latest City agency efforts to address the community’s concerns on Washington Square Park. Thank you to our City agency partners @NYPD6Pct @NYPDCommAffairs @NYCParks @NYCDHS

    — NYC Mayor’s CAU (@mayorsCAU) June 8, 2021

    We had a blast at the #MarcusGarveyPark Youth Vaccine event. We thank @galeabrewer for joining us for games, food, ice cream, music, and of course VACCINES! #getvaccinated

    — NYC Mayor’s CAU (@mayorsCAU) June 7, 2021

    Thank you @nycHealthy @NYCImmigrants @DemocracyNYC and Dante de Blasio for being out in #Crotona park today for #youthvaccines week.

    — NYC Mayor’s CAU (@mayorsCAU) June 7, 2021

    @mayorsCAU is out in Tappen Park #StatenIsland to celebrate the end or Youth Vax Week. Stop by anytime before 8pm to get your free vaccination!

    — NYC Mayor’s CAU (@mayorsCAU) June 6, 2021

    Dates to follow:

    NYC Advisory Commission on Property Tax Reform hearings
    YOU can give feedback on 10 recommendations to the property tax system from the NYC Advisory Commission on Property Tax Reform.  Virtual hearings have been scheduled for  the Bronx on June 14, and Manhattan on June 16.  All hearings will begin at 6:00pm.  Find out more here:



    Safe in the City Grant: Creating Safe Neighborhoods in NYC
    Help increase the peace in NYC this summer! Our “Safe in the City” Grant offers funding for community based actions and activities that will make neighborhoods safe—apply for before June 30! Go here for more information:


    Join DemocracyNYC in their efforts by signing up to be a member of the Election Protection team. There will be shifts available beginning the first day of early voting, June 12, all the way through primary election day, June 22. As an election observer, you will be assigned to the outside of one or more poll sites to observe, direct voters with questions to helpful nonpartisan resources, and report possible instances of voter intimidation and harassment or other problems you witness.
    Once you sign up for a shift, Democracy NYC will provide all of the training, materials, and information you will need ahead of the primary elections! Sign up now to serve as a poll site observer!

    Additional Resources:

    NYC COVID-19  City-wide information portal
    Find the resources across NYC City agencies for New Yorkers, Businesses, and Non-Profits.
    Click to access: 
    Pet Owner Eviction Project
    Animal Haven’s Pet Owner Eviction Project, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Animal Welfare and NYC Emergency Management’s Animal Planning Task Force, is seeking to connect vulnerable tenants at risk of losing their pets while facing a potential eviction with free and low-cost resources. 
    COVID-19 Pet Hotline: 877-204-8821
    Call 1-888-NYC-WELL If you are thinking about suicide, or know someone who is, counselors are available to listen to and support you 24/7. Contact NYC Well by calling 888-NYC-WELL (888-692-9355), texting “WELL” to 65173 or chatting at If you or someone you know is at immediate risk of hurting themselves, or in immediate danger because of a health condition or other situation, call 911.
    New guide: How to help someone who needs mental healthcare
    Get started with a new guide from the Mayor’s Office of Community Mental Health, produced with NYC Health + Hospitals and the NYC Health Department. The guide walks you through how to get mental health support for anyone, at any level of need – including what to know, where to look, and who to call.  Explore the guide online here. If you’d like to request printed guides for your organization or community group, please reach out to
    The City Cleanup Corps
    The City Cleanup Corps (NYC CCC) will employ 10,000 New Yorkers for beautification across our city. NYC CCC workers will wipe away graffiti, powerwash sidewalks, create community murals, tend to community gardens, beautify public spaces, and work with community organizations to clean their neighborhoods. For more information, click here.
    Free skills training opportunity:
    Living during these times is stressful, and it’s hard to feel motivated to get things done. What if you could clear your head of all the noise and come up with a plan that works?
    The New School for Social Research is offering a free, skills training opportunity to help you manage problems in your life. Find out if you’re eligible here.


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