Sandwiching last week’s executive budget were stories on the Mayor’s town hall on Staten Island and the borough’s Community Schools…new data pointing to a drop in street homelessness…city efforts to help those on the path to citizenship…the First Lady joining Denim Day…a partnership between IDNYC, DOHMH and Health + Hospitals…custodial service reform in schools…and emission reductions for buildings.
New Green Building Requirements – A series of new energy efficiency initiatives aimed at dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions from more than one million New York City buildings will help achieve the Mayor’s goal of reducing all emissions 80 percent by 2050. The moves will also create green jobs and generate energy savings for building owners and tenants. The City is launching a host of programs to provide technical and financial support to building owners and managers complying with the new requirements.
Street Homelessness Down – The annual federally mandated Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE) count has found that 2,794 homeless individuals were living on the streets of New York City in February 2016 – 12 percent fewer than last year and 36 percent fewer than the first count in 2005. The Mayor announced that beginning in May, the City is starting first-ever quarterly nighttime street counts to complement the HOPE count and improve the City’s ability to locate and help street homeless New Yorkers.
Custodial Service Reform – The Mayor has announced the first major reform of the public school custodial system in 150 years. These long-sought changes will enhance transparency and ensure that the Department of Education can direct resources where they are needed most. The agreement reached between the City and a set of labor unions do away with a disjointed, inefficient system involving separate budgeting, staffing, purchasing and oversight at each public school. The reforms are expected to breed efficiencies that will provide cost-neutrality in the coming years.
Launch of NYCitizenship – NYCitizenship will provide free citizenship services and financial counseling at 12 public library branches and select New York City Human Resources Administration sites. NYCitizenship is a collaborative effort by the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, Queens Library, New York City Human Resources Administration, New York Legal Assistance Group, and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, with support from Citi Community Development, Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the Robin Hood Foundation.
IDNYC Health Integration – Through a partnership between IDNYC, the Health Department and Health + Hospitals, cardholders will soon be able to link their IDNYC number to H+H health care services and use their IDNYC card to access DOHMH immunization records. Beginning this summer, parents and guardians will be able to use an online portal to access immunization records needed for Department of Education enrollment and college admissions.