NYC Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit Newsletter


Dear New Yorker,

Next week is Manhattan City Hall in Your Borough! One of the highlights to look forward to will be the resource fair. The resource fair will be held on Thursday, October 28th at John Jay College,524 W 59th Street, in Manhattan from 2pm- 6pm.  CAU certainly hope to see you there!

Election day is quickly approaching.  Early voting starts this weekend.  It’s time to start thinking about how you will be casting a ballot. You can check your polling location and see a sample ballot here.

Important Dates:

October 23, 2021 is the  start of early voting

November 1st, 2021 Last day to apply in person for an absentee ballot for the November General Election.

The best way to make your voice is heard – plan how and when to vote and then vote!

Roberto Pérez,

Commissioner, Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit

Key Updates:

Child Tax Credit 

Families who have not received advance  Child Tax Credit (CTC) payments—worth up to $3,600 per child—must act by 11/15/2021. Kids aged 0-17 with a Social Security number qualify.

Free help is available. Learn more at

High School

In New York City, students apply to high school during their 8th grade year. Current 9th grade students (who are not repeating 9th grade) also have the option to apply to programs with 10th grade seats.

Welcome letters are in the mail to families of current 8th grade public DOE and charter school students. All 8th grade students (and first-time 9th grade students, if interested) can also get their welcome letter from their current school. This letter includes an overview of high school and Specialized High Schools admissions, including how to access your MySchools account. Learn More Here


Making weekend plans? Make time for your flu shot.

As the flu and COVID-19 are expected to circulate at the same time this season, getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever. Although the flu vaccine will not prevent COVID-19, it will help decrease the risk of you and your family getting sick and needing flu-related medical care.

You can receive the flu vaccine at the same time as all other vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccine.


NYC Vaccine Updates

It has never been easier to get a COVID-19 vaccination in New York City. New Yorkers 12 years and older can now get the COVID-19 vaccine at sites across the five boroughs. To find out where to get vaccinated and to make an appointment, visit or you can also call 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692).


Booster Shots

The following people are now eligible for a booster shot of the Pfizer vaccine:

-People 65 or older

-People 18 to 64 and either have an underlying medical condition or a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure due to their job (for example, health care workers) or where they live or frequently visit (for example, a homeless shelter)

-People living in a nursing home or other long-term care facility

You will only be able to get a Pfizer booster shot if you received a second Pfizer dose at least six months ago.

Third Doses for People with Weakened Immune System

Separate from booster shots, people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised (meaning they have a weakened immune system) are eligible for a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, as part of their initial vaccination series. They can get a third dose 28 days after their second shot.

In-home COVID-19 vaccinations

NYC also offers in-home COVID-19 vaccinations to any city resident who requests one. You can also request whether you want the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Schedule your appointment today for your in-home vaccination by filling out this form:

COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or need verification

If you are fully vaccinated but lost your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or need verification of your vaccine status, you can request a copy of your COVID-19 vaccination record. You cannot get a replacement COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card at this time, but you can get an official record noting you have been vaccinated. Go here for more information:

In case you missed it: 

The @MayorsCAU team #WearPurple in support of domestic violence survivors for #NYCGoPurple Day.

Tonight, look out for NYC buildings and landmarks lighting up in purple across the city for awareness and solidarity. #DVAM2021 #ENDGBV #AwarenessHelpHope #GoPurple #DVAM

— NYC Mayor’s CAU (@mayorsCAU) October 21, 2021

For 40 years, @antiviolence has served and advocated for #LGBTQ New Yorkers and people across the country to end all forms of violence, hate, and bias against and within the community. We are pleased to present AVP with a proclamation from @NYCMayor to celebrate their advocacy.

— NYC Mayor’s CAU (@mayorsCAU) October 20, 2021

#Diwali is the celebration of good outshining the darkness. Pleased to join our neighbors and friends at The Association of Indians in America (AIA) for this important and meaningful celebration!

— NYC Mayor’s CAU (@mayorsCAU) October 17, 2021

Dates to follow:

Leadership Workshop Series: Our NYC Dominican Commissioners 

Join us on October 27th,2021 for a free Workshop Series.Please follow the Link to register for the Webinar.


 Vaccine Day of Action with Barbershops and Hair Salons. 

Pet adoption event, and foster orientations

Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) is having a Manhattan mobile adoption event on Saturday, October 23rd.

cats and dogs available for adoption at the Nordstrom Block Party, 225 W. 57th Street, from 12 to 5 pm.

This and events in other boroughs are posted on our site, at


City Hall in Your Borough in Manhattan

Join us October 28th,2021 for the Manhattan City Resource Fair taking place at John Jay College, Jule Kroll Atrium, 524 W 59th Street from 2:00PM-6:00PM.  RSVP at or call 332-220-5622.

Dia De Los Muerto Event 

Join in the fun! Fri 10/29, 5:30pm-8pm: Dia De Los Muertos Corona Plaza, 103rd Street and Roosevelt Ave

Additional Resources:

Curbside Composting

Curbside Composting is returning this fall to eligible service areas! You can turn your food scraps, food-soiled paper, and yard waste into compost or renewable energy by signing up. Residents must sign up via 311 or Service will start on a rolling basis so please encourage your friends and neighbors to sign up as well!


DSNY SAFE Disposal Events DSNY hosts SAFE Disposal Events (Solvents, Automotive, Flammables, and Electronics) throughout the year in all five boroughs to give residents a location to drop off their harmful household products safely.

List of Events


Upcoming Events:

Bronx – Saturday, October 23
NEW: Registration Required!
Orchard Beach Parking Lot. Follow Park Drive to the end


Brooklyn – Sunday, September 26
NEW: Registration Required!
Floyd Bennett Field, Flatbush Ave/Marine Pkwy
Cars enter along Flatbush Ave and make a left into the main entrance, immediately before the toll bridge


Department of Building Host Live Q&A session and Industry meetings

Live Q&A Sessions – Bi-weekly online Q&A Session for property owners, registered design professionals, filing representatives and other licensees/registrants provides a space for attendees to ask job specific questions for filings in DOB NOW, the Buildings Information System (BIS), or general questions about permits, Construction Codes, Zoning Regulations, sign offs, certificates of occupancy, place of assembly, equipment installations, violations and civil penalties, etc.


Industry Meetings – a monthly online, borough-specific industry session for registered design professionals to discuss policy and business process questions that are not job specific. The meetings will also include a review of recent updates and policy decisions.

For more information date and time please follow the Link


Small Business Services

If your business is facing a real-time emergency, you may contact SBS by calling 311 or (212) 618-8810.

To connect with the SBS Emergency Response Unit & Intergovernmental Services, please e-mail


GetFoodNYC: Get a map of food resources across the city

Use this map to find locations that offer free food (food pantries and soup kitchens), as well as grocery stores and farmers’ markets.


NEW YORK CITY $100 VACCINE INCENTIVES – $100 for ANYONE getting their first dose at sites using to redeem their $100 pre-paid debit card. People ages 18 and older can also enter to win exclusive prizes. Once your first COVID-19 vaccine dose is complete, you will receive an email with instructions on how to select your money or incentive and enter the contest. You can also call 877-VAX4NYC (877-829-4692) to learn more.

Book an appointment at any site listed on the NYC COVID-19 Vax4NYC Appointment Scheduler or call 877-VAX4NYC (877-829-4692) to find a participating site.


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. 716 962 0653



NYC Well is your connection to free, confidential mental health support. Speak to a counselor via phone, text, or chat and get access to mental health and substance use services, in more than 200 languages, 24/7/365.

Contact NYC Well by calling 888-NYC-WELL (888-692-9355), texting “WELL” to 65173 or chatting at


Mental Health For All

Looking for mental health resources that meet a diverse range of needs? is a new comprehensive hub with helplines and services that offer a range of free, direct support to meet the needs of all New Yorkers, including young people, communities of color, and people with serious mental illness. Everyone has been affected in some way by this past year, and our mission is to ensure that every person has the support they need.

Visit to find mental health resources and substance misuse support that meet your needs.


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