Friday, November 26, 2021

NYC Mayor's Community Affairs Unit


Dear New Yorker,


I hope everyone had a happy and relaxing Thanksgiving. The holiday season is officially underway. The Rockefeller tree lighting is next week!


The City is back and stronger than ever and ready to celebrate, as seen yesterday at the Thanksgiving Parade.


Lets keep it safe by following these tips from the Department of Health. 


In partnership,

Roberto PĂ©rez,  

Commissioner, Mayor's Community Affairs Unit

Key Updates:

Want to learn how to integrate behavioral health support into the services offered at your nonprofit or agency? Free courses are open to staff at NYC community-based organizations and city/state agencies who fund or deliver services in the city -- with priority given to staff who serve TRIE neighborhoodsVisit:

NYC Junior Ambassadors empowers NYC 7th grade students to become actively engaged with the United Nations and see themselves as global citizens. We’re now going virtual. Learn more and apply to be part of the 2021-2022 cohort today:


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

Vaccine booster shots are now available for New Yorkers ages 18 and older. These shots boost your immunity from an initial vaccination series.

No one will be denied a booster shot in New York, as long as they are 18 or older and received their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least six months ago, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago.

For more information on 3rd doses and booster shots click here


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: http://nyc.ed 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:



COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or need verification

If you are fully vaccinated but lost your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or ne

NYC Expands $100 Vaccine Incentive SOMOS Community Care

The Mayor announced the City’s cash-for-vax incentive would be expanded to Somos Community Care doctors’ offices.  For more Information go to:


Why Are We Neglecting a Precious Resource?

Why Are We Underfunding The City University Of New York?

Hello Bronx Progressives! Hope you're all having an awesome November ahead of the holidays, and staying healthy and safe! It's been a while since we last connected. 

As those that have been with us since last September (last year), when a working group was formed to reactivate Bronx Progressives, we've face enormous challenge taken on this effort for many reasons. Some within our control; some outside our control. Nonetheless, the working group has remained adamant and committed during this time, with figuring out what comes next for us, and making sure we continue thriving. 

As this year comes to a close, we invite you to join us to learn about what 2022 has in store for our progressive movement in the Bronx. In partnership with Concerned Citizens for Change, we're excited to collaborate on organizing this joint meeting, where we will discuss campaign plans to take on and exciting news about what's coming in 2022!

For over 150 years free tuition at CUNY was a right for NYC residents. Opportunity for all was a reality and countless New Yorkers found a path out of poverty through the university system. That is no longer true. And, these days staffing needs at the CUNY are ignored while its physical plant is allowed to deteriorate.

Restoring the City University of New York to the treasured status it once held would give us a powerful way to fight economic and social inequality. It would no only benefit the students pursuing their education there, it would benefit all New Yorkers by enriching the city. It should be a key part of plans to rebuild New York after the pandemic.


In A Joint Zoom Meeting With 
Concerned Citizens for Change

About The New Deal For CUNY Bill

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Guest Speakers

State Senator Andrew Gournardes

New York State Senate District 22

Alex Pellitteri
Steering Committee
DSA New Deal 4 CUNY Campaign

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Exciting News About The Launch Of

A Bronx-Wide Chapter Of NYPAN In 2022

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Monday, November 29th - 7:00 PM

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Topic: Free Tuition At CUNY 
Time: Nov 29, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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THE NEW BXCC - Bronx Business News You Can Use

Legislative Updates, New Grants, Events and Much More
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The Friday Extra
This week's Friday Extra comes from our fearless leader Lisa Sorin.

Topics are:

1.Small Business Saturday (11/27/21)
2. Recall Bill Hearing (11/30/21)
3.Bronx Chamber Annual Holiday Party (12/9/21):
4. Bronx Net Friday Open show (11/26/21)
Upcoming Events
Bronx Chamber Annual Holiday Party & Toy Drive
The holiday season is finally here — which means it's time to deck the halls, bring out the holiday cookies and embrace all things merry and bright.

Join the Bronx Chamber for our annual Holiday Party at Villa Barone Manor on Thursday, December 9th. Wear your best ugly sweater for our #uglysweatercontest and bring a toy for our #TOYDRIVE.

This years Toy Drive recipient is New Settlement. The New Settlement Community Center serves students from three schools, their families and members of the surrounding community with a range of programs in health and nutrition, education, youth development and the arts.

What You Should Know
Small Business Saturday
The holiday season is around the corner, and small businesses everywhere have been pivoting to serve a post-COVID shopping landscape. We encourage everyone to go out and shop locally as it not only supports the business but the neighborhood as well. For every dollar spent at a small business, American Express estimates an average of $0.67 stays in that business's local community.

Legislation Introduced to Reinstate Usage of Propane Heaters
Winter Is Coming! And the NYC Hospitality Alliance has been fighting to get our propane heaters back. Councilmember Keith Powers introduced legislation to reinstate the use of propane heaters with outdoor dining this winter, which are currently prohibited after they were allowed temporarily last winter.

The Small Business Growth Fund
Hello Alice is awarding 50 small business owners with $5,000 grants to help them make their next big move in 2022. To be eligible, a business must have less than $1M in annual revenue, a commitment to diversity and community, and a clear plan to use the grant funds.

Applications for Round 1 are open now through December 10, 2021 at 6PM ET. For a full list of eligibility criteria, please see the Terms and Conditions.

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Crain's Business Forum
With New York's legalization of adult-use marijuana expected to be up and running by late 2022, the industry is expected to generate north of $4 billion in overall sales. This translates to $350 million in tax revenue. How can state offices ensure communities that historically had been criminalized by marijuana laws have an opportunity to do business in the emerging industry? Join us on December 15th to learn more!

 How to Do Business With the NYC Department of Education Webinar
This presentation on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, from 2:00 p.m – 4:00 p.m will give your minority/women-owned business insight into how to sell your goods and services to our public schools.

You will learn:

  • How to Market your Business to the NYC Department of Education
  • Resources Available to Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises
  • How to Qualify Your Business as a Vendor
  • Upcoming Contracting Opportunities

This is a great opportunity to make an impression with a city agency with an annual spend of Billions and network with other NYC vendors.

For contracting opportunities, please register an account on our Vendor Portal via or visit Note: a vendor portal account does not make you an active DOE vendor. You may submit language and disability accommodation requests to  

This webinar will provide guidance for businesses interested in applying for loans and grants. In addition to providing an overview of available financing options, we will share tips to consider before taking on debt, an overview of documents commonly required to apply for a loan, and a summary of other loans and grants that are currently available for NYC businesses.