Weekly Update From The Mayor’s Office Of Community Affairs

“Weekend of Faith”


The First Lady’s mental health Weekend of Faith was a huge successFLONYC, Deputy Mayors Herminia Palacio and Richard Buery, and more than a dozen senior administration officials – including Lisette Camilo, Dr. Ram Raju, Steve Banks, Marco Carrion, Gregg Bishop, Pauline Toole, Sandy Rozza, Cecile Noel, Loree Sutton, Donna Corrado, Dr. Gary Belkin, Dr. Nichole Adams, Dr. Noel Manyindo, and Dr. Oxiris Barbot – fanned out across the city to have ThriveNYC conversations at houses of worship serving a quarter-million New Yorkers.


Weekly Overview 


The growing bipartisan coalition supporting an extension of the Mayor’s control of our schools now includes leading tech executives, business leaders, and immigrant advocates…the NYPD is bulldozingillegal motorbikes…the Mayor is taking slumlords to court…Brooklyn is getting more Citi Bikes…leadingclergy members and a broad coalition of progressivesare organizing to protect the progress made in the last two years…DCA has a new commissioner…we’re expanding pre-apprenticeships with Build it Back…and we got fresh looks at reform on Rikers IslandEquity and Excellence progress on Staten Island, Beacon Centers in Brooklyn and the Bronx, DOH taking on health disparities in Central Brooklyn, and DCA/MOIA efforts to protect immigrants.


The Details


Weekend of Faith – 1,000 houses of worship took part in New York City’s first-ever mental health Weekend of Faith. Led by the First Lady, the three-day effort included faith leaders across the five boroughs devoting services to the issue of mental health. The First Lady, City Commissioners and senior administration officials personally visited dozens of houses of worship to share information about ThriveNYC, New York City’s $850 million plan to improve mental health services and promote mental wellness.


DCA’s New Commissioner – Lorelei Salas has been named Commissioner of the Department of Consumer Affairs. Salas has previously been nominated by President Obama to be the Wage Hour Administrator at the U.S. Department of Labor and has long been an advocate for immigration, housing and employment services. In her new role as Commissioner, she will also oversee the Office of Labor Policy and Standards, a new division of DCA that will serve as the City’s primary research and policy development hub for issues affecting labor in the new economy.


City Suing Slumlords – The City has taken another step in its effort to clean up buildings with cluster homeless shelter units by instituting legal action against the owners of seven buildings that account for more than 700 code violations. As part of the Mayor’s 90-day review of homeless services, the City is phasing out the use of apartments as cluster shelter sites and making efforts to improve conditions and convert as many units as possible into affordable permanent housing for homeless families and those leaving shelter.


Healthy Start Brooklyn – Healthy Start Brooklyn is a health education program aimed at expectant and new parents in Central Brooklyn, where rates of infant death, premature birth, and illness are high.


Build it Back Pre-Apprenticeships – After successfully connecting 680 New Yorkers to high-quality employment, the Mayor has announced that the City’s Sandy Recovery Workforce1 initiative will be making additional pre-apprenticeship training opportunities available to low- and middle-income residents of Sandy-affected areas. Mayor de Blasio launched Sandy Workforce1 as part of his Sandy recovery overhaul in 2014.


Immigrant Fraud Hotline –MOIA, DCA, the Office of the Attorney General and the Hispanic Federation co-hosted a televised hotline on Telemundo 47 about immigration fraud. Callers who may have been victims of immigration fraud were asked to file complaints with the ONA New Americans Hotline and were able to make ActionNYC appointments for a free, safe immigration screening with an ActionNYC provider. More than 500 calls were fielded through the hotline.

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