Our Mayor has continued reminding us of the power of togetherness, and to reaffirm our shared values as New Yorkers. We are #AlwaysNewYork. Last week, the Mayor introduced the city to Officer Aml Elsokary, of the 90th Precinct. She proudly wears her hijab to work. She has served her fellow New Yorkers with distinction; yet, she recently experienced a man allegedly yelling at her and her son, “Go back to your country.” The NYPD acted swiftly: the individual has been arrested and charged. And that is an example of what we will do every time we see an act of bias and hatred.
Last week, Mayor de Blasio stopped by the Clearview Senior Center in Bayside to discuss the $183 water bill credit the Water Board approved in April. The water credit is for 600,000 homeowners, all over the City, all five boroughs. This holiday season, DCA issued Holiday Shopping Tips to protect your identity and money… the NYC Commission on Human Rights continues to educate concerned New Yorkers on anti-discrimination protections under the law in the wake of the presidential election, including protections for Muslim, LGBTQ, and immigrant New Yorkers…the Health Department released its 2015 HIV Surveillance Annual Report, which shows there were no HIV infections diagnosed among infants born in NYC in 2015 – a major achievement within the overall elimination of mother-to-child-transmission of HIV…Small Business Services launched the NYC Building Operator Training Program to help residential buildings cut energy costs by up to 20 percent…the “Look Before You Eat” campaign is reminding New Yorkers to look for the sodium warning icons on menus…we’re growing the City’s electric vehicle fleet with 50 new GM Chevy Bolts…NYCEDC announced that Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center will be the first awardee to receive the City’s Industrial Developer Fund… NYCHA completed one of the biggest capital improvements projects in its portfolio, placing new roofs on all 26 residential buildings at Queensbridge Houses, the largest public housing development in the nation…Health Department issued a Health Alert this week informing health care providers that four additional babies have been born with congenital Zika virus syndrome in New York City since the Department announced the first case of Zika-related microcephaly in July…DCA, MOIA and Make the Road took to the streets to educate New Yorkers about immigration services fraud and to “PROTECT yourself, REPORT fraud, and SEEK help”…the Health Department is calling for blood equity, which could help save the lives of more than 1.8 million people…the Buildings Department canvassed neighborhoods citywide as part of its Living Safely program, distributing multi-lingual flyers on the dangers of illegal conversions… the Health Department hosted the third annual R.E.D. (Remembering. Empowering. Doing.) Ball…CUNY students are receiving paid, on-the-job experience and exposure to the many pathways open to them in our city’s vibrant cultural sector… the Schools Chancellor celebrated Computer Science Education Week in Brooklyn…NYCEDC and Hornblower unveiled the completion of the first Citywide Ferry Vessel superstructure…the Health Department announced the launch of “Stay Sure,” a new sexual health media campaign that promotes HIV prevention services in New York City… the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs released the United Nations Impact Report 2016 at the United Nations, which outlines the economic benefit of having the United Nations in New York…a new art exhibition, “Re-Enliven”, explores reuse as a creative solution to waste reduction… the DOE launched their first citywide literacy-focused after school effort in shelters…Build it Back is moving forward… we’re investing $194 millioninto infrastructure improvements and construction in the South Bronx…and 19 food stores were recognized for participating in Shop Healthy NYC, a program that works to increase access and promotion of healthier food and beverages.
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