Saturday, March 20, 2021



 Citing New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s abusive treatment of women and his systemic neglect of the state’s most vulnerable, leaders of Progressive Women of New York today are joining the chorus of those calling for his resignation or removal from office.

The steering committee of the 1,600-member PWNY is stressing the urgent need for new leadership in Albany to immediately address the ongoing injustices in the state’s response to the pandemic. Governor Cuomo's reign of fear has exacerbated Albany’s culture of abuse and corruption and stood in the way of desperately needed progress for long enough. How can he govern effectively when he’s focused on all the crises he created? The only path forward to ensure New Yorkers’ confidence in their state government is for Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign. If he does not, the New York State Legislature must proceed with impeachment and removal from office.

A PWNY member, Lindsey Boylan, was the first of at least eight women who have bravely come forward to accuse Cuomo of behavior ranging from sexual harassment to sexual assault. Cuomo’s own words - which he does not deny uttering - prove he is a predator. Boylan, candidate for Manhattan Borough President, experienced firsthand what happens to those who defy the Governor - when his insiders try to silence, discredit, or “destroy'' critics.

“The governor must be held accountable for his abuse of power and harassment of women," said Boylan. "Instead of leading us out of the pandemic, the governor and his aides have been focused on smearing and discrediting women who have made credible accusations against him. The governor’s actions and his administration’s response make it clear he is unable to lead with integrity.”

The Cuomo crises have paralyzed state government and sidelined the Democratic Party’s legislative agenda, revealing that the state’s executive branch is dedicated to serving the Governor, not governing.

Cuomo’s many abuses have had a real human cost, disproportionately devastating communities of color.

PWNY steering committee members stand with other survivors to document this pattern of abuse and call the Governor to account for his executive actions and inactions during his tenure.

Progressive Women of New York -- a statewide political activism and social justice organization committed to upholding progressive values and human rights at every level of government formed in 2017 — pledges to support the administration of New York’s first female governor and plans to help elect a progressive governor in 2022.

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Governor Cuomo Updates New Yorkers on State's Progress During COVID-19 Pandemic March 20,2021


Hospitalizations Drop to 4,513—Lowest Since December 5

ICU Patients Drop to 909—Lowest Since December 6

Intubations Drop to 575—Lowest Since December 13

Statewide Positivity Rate is 2.95%

62 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today updated New Yorkers on the state's progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Hospitalizations dropped to 4,513, the lowest since December 5. ICU patients dropped to 909, the lowest since December 6. Intubations dropped to 575, the lowest since December 13. 

"New Yorkers have fought through this pandemic by being vigilant, and even though the vaccine is here, we need everyone to continue being smart until we're able to vaccinate everyone who wants it," Governor Cuomo said. "We are working 24/7 to get vaccines into arms quickly, safely and equitably — and we will not rest until that's done. In the meantime, everyone should continue washing their hands, staying socially distanced and masking up. We're going to get through this and defeat the COVID beast together, but there's more work to be done before we get to the light at the end of the tunnel."

Today's data is summarized briefly below: 

  • Test Results Reported - 258,129
  • Total Positive - 7,623
  • Percent Positive - 2.95%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 3.26%
  • Patient Hospitalization - 4,513 (-14)
  • Net Change Patient Hospitalization Past Week - -104
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 567 
  • Hospital Counties - 48
  • Number ICU - 909 (-15)
  • Number ICU with Intubation - 575 (-12)
  • Total Discharges - 156,366 (+506)
  • Deaths - 62
  • Total Deaths - 39,870

287 days and counting


I did not have a press conference on Friday, have no public appearances today, and have nothing planned for Sunday. When are you going to give me the vaccination shot Dr. Choskhi?

What is going on at the Board of Elections? Bronx Special Elections 2021.Part 2 Bronx Science High School Poll Site

This is the entrance to the Bronx Science High School early voting poll site. It is down an alleyway from Goulden Avenue and around to the side. On a nice Saturday the first day of early voting the right door was wide open, but on a cold rainy Thursday afternoon March 18th it was closed. The sign says Handicap entrance, and for voting to use the right door, which was closed. There are no door handles to open the doors, or any other signs to tell the voter what to do to get in to vote. 

I knocked the door a few times so someone would come to open it, nothing. I banged on the door a few times, nothing again. Imagine if I was a voter and was trying to vote not knowing if the poll site was open, since there were different times on different days to vote early. The voter would have left, and I don't know if any or how many people did not vote that day because the door was closed, due to no answer to open the door. I knew the poll site was open so I decided to give the door a few foot bangs so someone would hear it. Someone finally came and said why am I kicking the door, I replied that the door was closed, no one heard the hand knocks or hand bangs, and I could not get in. 

I went to the Coordinator's table to sign both logs, and was asked for my official BOE media ID, which I showed. A different person came over asking to photograph the papers, and again I said that does not happen, and proceeded to walk to the ballot scanners to copy down the vote totals, and leave. The poll worker at the first scanner said they were instructed to block the machine from me. I called the number on my authorization letter (if there were any problems), and I was talking to the secretary of the Executive Director of the BOE when I was asked to leave the poll site. When I went into the vestibule to continue my conversation I turned around to see two police officers from the 52nd Precinct enter, and had to hang up on my call. I asked if the police officers were going to arrest me so I could sue the Board of Elections and retire. Officer Goris and his partner (both who knew me from my job and community work in helping Bronx precincts) said no, and asked me what was the problem. I showed the two officers the authorization from the Board of Elections, told them I had signed in, and was there to just copy down the number of votes cast on each ballot scanner. They went in to talk to Mr. David Agront, the Democratic poll coordinator said I could go to the ballot scanner to copy down the vote count, which I did and left. 

As soon as I got to my car I called the Bronx Board of Elections and asked to talk to the Deputy Chief Clerk Ms. Brendaliz Candelaria to lodge a complaint against poll coordinator David Agront, and tell Ms. Candelaria my experience at the Bronx Science High School poll site for the second time in two visits. Ms. Candelaria apologized to me once again, saying that the poll coordinators know that I have authorization which she even told them. She added that the door should be open, and she will call the poll site to have it opened, and if it is to cold, to have a person standing right next to the door to open it when anyone comes to it. I then called the Executive Director's office of the citywide BOE to explain to the woman I had to hang up on exactly what went on at the poll site, and what Bronx Deputy Director Candelaria told me. 

Watch for Part Three over the weekend. 

Poll coordinator David Agront covering his face inside the Bronx Science High School poll site. 

Friday, March 19, 2021

288 Days and Counting - Thank You Loyal Bronx Democratic Elected Officials for Endorsing Me For a Third Term


I want to thank all you loyal Bronx Democrat elected officials of the Bronx Democratic Party for endorsing me for third term as Mayor. 

Charlene where is Dr, Chokshi I am hallucinating about a third term, what was in that shot he gave me yesterday?

Operator Of Money Laundering Scheme Indicted In Manhattan Federal Court


 Audrey Strauss, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), announced the unsealing of an Indictment charging ABRAHAM ADENIYI with money laundering and bank fraud offenses in connection with his years-long involvement in a money laundering operation.  ADENIYI, who was arrested this morning in Georgia, will be presented later today before a federal magistrate judge in the Northern District of Georgia.

U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said:  “As alleged, Abraham Adeniyi used a web of bank accounts to hide millions of dollars stolen from fraud victims, some of which went to Adeniyi’s own pockets.  Thanks to the FBI, Adeniyi now faces federal charges.”

FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr. said:  “Criminals will always believe there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. As we allege in this investigation, Mr. Adeniyi and his cohorts stole money and attempted to conceal its origin through a series of bank accounts – all the while thinking no one would be able to track it. He discovered his luck ran out when all he found at the end of his rainbow was the FBI and the federal criminal justice system.”

According to the allegations in the indictment[1] filed against ADENIYI and other court proceedings:

From at least in or about 2017 through at least in or about 2020, ADENIYI opened and directed others to open multiple bank accounts, which received proceeds of various wire fraud schemes, and transferred and directed others to transfer those proceeds among the bank accounts he had opened, as well as to other bank accounts controlled by participants in the scheme, in order to conceal and disguise the source, location, ownership, and control of the funds.  As part of the scheme, ADENIYI and others used fraudulent identification information to open accounts at FDIC-insured banks and to obtain the funds in those accounts.

ADENIYI, 37, of Atlanta, Georgia, is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and onecount of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. 

Ms. Strauss praised the outstanding investigative work of the FBI.

This case is being handled by the Office’s Money Laundering and Transnational Criminal Enterprises Unit.  Assistant United States Attorney Anden Chow is in charge of the prosecution.

The charges in the Indictment are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

[1] As the introductory phrase signifies, the entirety of the text of the Indictment and the description of the Indictment set forth herein constitute only allegations, and every fact described should be treated as an allegation.

THENEWBXCC - Join Us To Celebrate Women of Distinction


March 26, 2021 at 11:30am on Zoom (Register)
The Bronx Chamber of Commerce is once again awarding partial college scholarships to high-achieving female Bronx students as part of its annual Women’s History Month Women of Distinction event series, now in its 15th year! This year’s event -- themed Valiant Women of the Vote: We Will Not Be Silenced -- will honor Hazel N. Dukes, President of the NAACP New York State Conference. Meisha Ross Porter, Bronx Executive Superintendent and newly-appointed Chancellor of the NYC Department of Education, will serve as Keynote Speaker. 
While we are disappointed to again not be able to gather in person to celebrate our honoree & scholarship recipients and recognize our Chamber member sponsors, we are thrilled to be able to award partial scholarship funds to more than 20 accomplished female students from high schools around the Bronx – a new record for our scholarship program!
Scholarships were made possible through the generosity of the following sponsors: Metro Optics, Ponce Bank, Con Edison, Sandra Erickson Real Estate, The Monroe Foundation, Woodlawn Cemetery, Simone Development, Manhattan Parking Group, Orange Bank & Trust, KZA Realty, Verizon, NYC Council Member Mark Gjonaj, and an anonymous Friend of the Chamber donor.
To register for the event, please click HERE
To make a donation, please email

Governor Cuomo Updates New Yorkers on State Vaccination Program


146,518 Doses Administered Across New York State in the Last 24 Hours       

More than 1 Million Doses Administered Over Past Seven Days       

Vaccine Dashboard Will Update Daily to Provide Updates on the State's Vaccine Program; Go to  

 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo updated New Yorkers on the state's vaccination program. 146,518 doses have been administered across New York's vast distribution network in the last 24 hours, and more than 1 million doses have been administered over the past seven days. 

"The COVID-19 vaccine is being distributed across New York, and it's going to be distributed in large quantities over the next few weeks, a logistical operation like you've never seen to get millions of doses in people's arms," Governor Cuomo said. "The good news is the vaccine works--we've done 7 million doses so far, and New Yorkers should take any vaccine they can get because they all work. We're going to have more Johnson & Johnson vaccines coming because they're going to have the highest production and they're the easiest to administer. It's night and day between doing one dose and two doses, and needing to schedule second appointments. I took J&J, it works and it's simpler. That's on the way up."

New York's vast distribution network and large population of eligible individuals still far exceed the supply coming from the federal government. Due to limited supply, New Yorkers are encouraged to remain patient and are advised not to show up at vaccination sites without an appointment.

The 'Am I Eligible' screening tool has been updated for individuals with comorbidities and underlying conditions with new appointments released on a rolling basis over the next weeks. New Yorkers can use the following to show they are eligible:

  • Doctor's letter, or
  • Medical information evidencing comorbidity, or
  • Signed certification

Vaccination program numbers below are for doses distributed and delivered to New York for the state's vaccination program, and do not include those reserved for the federal government's Long Term Care Facility program. A breakdown of the data based on numbers reported to New York State as of 1PM today is as follows.     


Total doses administered - 7,150,352

Total doses administered over past 24 hours - 146,518 

Total doses administered over past 7 days - 1,047,299

Percent of New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose - 24.00%

Percent of New Yorkers with completed vaccine series - 12.40%

Two Bank Insiders Plead Guilty To Fraudulent Loan Scheme And Bank Bribery


 Audrey Strauss, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that codefendants HERODE CHANCY and MICHAEL ALBARELLA, who at the time of offense were employed as a managers at a Manhattan branch of a national bank (“Bank-1”), have pled guilty before United States District Judge Lewis J. Liman in connection with their respective roles in a loan fraud and bank bribery scheme.  CHANCY pled guilty on March 12, 2021, to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, and ALBARELLA pled guilty today to bank bribery.     

U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said: “Bank employee Herode Chancy engaged in a scheme to obtain over $1 million in commercial loans for fake businesses, and his co-worker Michael Albarella then accepted a bribe to open a bank account using a stolen identity for the purpose of laundering a portion of the stolen money.  Chancy and Albarella now await sentencing for their fraudulent and corrupt acts.”

According to the allegations in the Complaint, Indictment, and statements made in court:

From at least in or about March 2019 up to and including at least in or about March 2020, CHANCY and Adedayo Ilori conspired to fraudulently obtain business loans from a third-party commercial lender with the intent not to repay the loans – i.e., with the intent to “bust out” the loans.  CHANCY and Ilori together submitted eight fraudulent business loan applications for a total of $1,025,000 in business loans.  The business loan applications submitted by CHANCY and Ilori included doctored bank statements and listed the identities of other persons as the loan applicants, including stolen identities.  CHANCY and Ilori also opened bank accounts using the identities of those other persons in order to receive the loan payments from the third-party commercial lender.  CHANCY and Ilori subsequently conspired with ALBARELLA, another bank manager at Bank-1, to open a bank account using a stolen identity to launder approximately $200,000 of the expected proceeds of the loan scheme.  ALBARELLA opened the bank account at Bank-1 using the stolen identity provided by CHANCY and Ilori, and ALBARELLA accepted a $10,000 bribe to open the bank account.        

CHANCY and Ilori believed that the underwriter for the third-party commercial lender was participating in the scheme and agreed to pay the underwriter a “commission” for the underwriter’s role in the scheme.  In reality, however, the underwriter was an undercover law enforcement officer. 

CHANCY, 41, of Bellerose, New York, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.  CHANCY also admitted that he conspired to commit money laundering, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1956(h).  CHANCY will be sentenced by Judge Liman on July 9, 2021, at 2:00 p.m.

ALBARELLA, 35, of Floral Park, New York, pled guilty to one count of bank bribery, which carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.  ALBARELLA will be sentenced by Judge Liman on June 28, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. 

Ilori is charged with: (1) conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, (2) wire fraud, (3) mail fraud, and (4) conspiracy to commit money laundering, each of which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and (5) aggravated identity theft, which carries a mandatory term of two years in prison, to be served consecutively to any other term of imprisonment.  

The statutory maximum sentences are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendants will be determined by a judge. 

Ms. Strauss praised the outstanding investigative work of the New York FBI’s Eurasian Organized Crime Task Force and Homeland Security Investigation’s El Dorado Task Force. 

The allegations against Ilori in the Complaint and Indictment are merely accusations, and Ilori is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Attorney General James Condemns Rise in Anti-Asian-American Acts of Hate


 New York Attorney General Letitia James today released the following statement condemning the continued rise in acts of hate and violence targeting the Asian-American community and reminding New Yorkers to report instances of hate to her office:

“The continued rise in acts of hate and violence against our Asian-American communities is despicable and an affront to our values and rights. Let me be clear: Hate will never be tolerated in New York or anywhere else in the nation, and there will never be justification for discrimination in any shape or form. No one should live in fear for their life or of violence because of who they are, what they look like, or where they come from. My office will continue to take action against bigotry and hate of any kind, and I encourage everyone to remain vigilant and to report any discriminatory acts to my office at 1-800-771-7755.”

Individuals who have experienced hate crimes and bias-based incidents are encouraged to call the Office of the Attorney General’s Hate Crimes and Bias Prevention Unit hotline at 1-800-771-7755.

Just last week, Attorney General James filed a lawsuit against an individual in Schenectady for choosing his victims based on race, in violation of New York Civil Rights Law § 79-n. Attorney General James will continue to use the authority in New York Civil Rights Law § 79-n to prosecute hate crimes.

Governor Cuomo Updates New Yorkers on State's Progress During COVID-19 Pandemic March 18, 2021


Statewide Travel for Sports and Recreational Activities Can Begin March 29  

4,536 Patient Hospitalizations Statewide 

934 Patients in the ICU; 590 Intubated

Statewide Positivity Rate is 2.87% 

57 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today updated New Yorkers on the state's progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

Beginning March 29, statewide travel for sports and recreational activities will be permitted. Currently, travel for sports and recreation is limited to contiguous counties and regions in accordance with New York State Department of Health guidance.  

"Every day more and more New Yorkers are getting vaccinated, bringing us that much closer to the light at the end of the tunnel," Governor Cuomo said. "As we ramp up vaccine distribution and more New Yorkers become eligible, we are able to start getting our economy back on track and adjust to life in a post-pandemic world. We are headed in the right direction, but it is still crucial that we continue to practice the guidelines that stop the spread of COVID: wear a mask, social distance and wash your hands. This war can and will be won, but we must collectively work together to see that day." 

Today's data is summarized briefly below: 

  • Test Results Reported - 271,463
  • Total Positive - 7,796
  • Percent Positive - 2.87%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 3.28% 
  • Patient Hospitalization - 4,536 (-88) 
  • Net Change Patient Hospitalization Past Week - -199
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 532
  • Hospital Counties - 50 
  • Number ICU - 934 (-20) 
  • Number ICU with Intubation - 590 (-11) 
  • Total Discharges - 155,325 (+545) 
  • Deaths - 57
  • Total Deaths - 39,748 





Two Bronx tenant leaders, State Senator Gustavo Rivera and two candidates for City Council in the March 23 special election, Mino Lora and Elisa Crespo, are holding a press conference at 11 a.m. Friday, March 19, to protest the attempt by wealthy real estate interests to elect candidates they consider more friendly and oppose the Latino candidates in each race pledged to strongly support tenants. Wealthy outside special interests have also opposed Sen. Rivera. 

There are strict limits on how much candidates can spend during a special election, but by using separate committees, special interest groups can spend unlimited amounts. Real estate backed committees have already spent tens of thousands of dollars supporting candidates in the campaigns for City Council in Districts 11 and 15.


State Senator Gustavo Rivera seems to have forgotten that it was $250,000.00 dollars of outside money given to him in 2010 from Lieutenant Governor candidate Bill Samuels that won him his state senate seat. This reporter had Dan Padernacht who was running against Gustavo Rivera and incumbent State Senator Pedro Espada picked as the winner in the 33rd State Senate race in 2010. Padernacht was receiving tremendous pressure however from local elected officials Oliver Koppell (who is coincidentally supporting Padernacht's City Council opponent Jesica Haller), and Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (who coincidentally is supporting his son Eric Dinowitz in the same City Council race) to withdraw from the state senate race so Gustavo Rivera could win for the good of the Democratic Party. 

After speaking to Dan Padernacht in 2010 as to why he withdrew from the 2010 State Senate race his answer was that he was under tremendous pressure from the local elected officials, and even the New York State Democratic Party to withdraw so then candidate Gustavo Rivera could defeat rouge incumbent Senator Pedro Espada for the good of the Democratic Party. Padernacht added that he could not compete with all the money candidate Gustavo Rivera was receiving from outside sources. 

I was with then State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. Primary night 2010, and five minutes after the polls closed Diaz Sr. said to me, "The vote is coming in heavy in the north part of the district, it looks like I am going to lose an amigo friend". Diaz Sr. was referring to the Four Amigos of which he and Espada were a part of, which gained them extra clout and resources so they would not join the Republican minority to change the balance of power in the state senate. That vote was the drop down vote from the landslide victory of new State Attorney General Eric Schniderman which would have gone to Dan Padernacht that would have made him the new State Senator from the 33rd District.

My how we have changed over the years State Senator Gustavo Rivera. 

Thursday, March 18, 2021



'Communities Thrive' will bring culturally responsive mental health support to neighborhoods hardest-hit by COVID-19

 Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced the relaunch of Communities Thrive, a $3.7 million, two-year investment in addressing the mental health needs of underserved New Yorkers.  Through Communities Thrive, organizations representing Asian American and Pacific Islander, Black, and Latinx New Yorkers will develop community-driven strategies to promote mental health and will directly connect people who need care to tele-mental health services at NYC Health + Hospitals.   

 “COVID-19 has taken a tremendous emotional toll on communities of color across our city,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.  "To get people the help they need we must destigmatize and demystify mental health services. Communities Thrive will do just that, helping our hardest hit communities recover together."


"Now, more than ever, communities of color need support as COVID-19 has shaken their sense of stability and emotional well-being," said First Lady Chirlane McCray. "Communities Thrive is about bringing the mental health services people need, closer to where they live, in a setting where they feel comfortable. "With this program, we're breaking barriers to care to help communities of color come back healthier and stronger after this pandemic.


Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, AAPI, Black and Latinx New Yorkers were at greater risk of mental health needs yet receive less mental health care than white New Yorkers. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these longstanding challenges and disparities, with widespread loss, economic hardship and exposure to discrimination or xenophobia contributing to increases in depression, anxiety, grief, and trauma.   


Communities Thrive, which will be overseen by the Mayor's Office of ThriveNYC, will address critical barriers to mental health care New Yorkers of color face, including neighborhoods with too few mental health providers, a shortage of providers trained to provide culturally or linguistically competent care, stigma, and lack of medical insurance. Greater consideration will be given to proposals that include a geographic focus within the 33 neighborhoods designated by the Taskforce on Racial Inclusion & Equity as disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and/or with significant racial and economic disparities in health outcomes, as well as other equity burdens identified by the City.


Communities Thrive will add mental health support to organizations New Yorkers already rely on for other needs. Studies show that locating mental health support in culturally responsive, community-based organizations and health care providers can mitigate barriers to care (sourcesource). By integrating tele-mental health into primary care practices and community-based organizations already serving Asian American and Pacific Islander, Black, and Latinx New Yorkers, Communities Thrive will offer trusted organizations new resources to address the mental health needs of their clients.  


The Mayor’s Office of ThriveNYC plans to award three contracts as part of this demonstration project. These contracts will go to three Community Anchors, one serving Asian American and Pacific Islander New Yorkers, one serving Black New Yorkers, and one serving Latinx New Yorkers. Each Community Anchor will serve as a project manager, leading a program to address the mental health needs of a sub-population particularly at risk of mental health issues and whose needs are unmet. Each Community Anchor will partner with five community-based organizations and five primary care practices already serving this sub-population into which the tele-mental health services can be embedded. Community Anchors will also oversee the development of a public awareness campaign to reduce stigma and encourage help-seeking behavior.  


Clients who need mental health support will be directly connected to NYC Health + Hospitals (H+H) for ongoing tele-mental health care. Tele-mental health services can be provided safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, and evidence shows that tele-mental health services can match in-person services both in terms of quality of care and patient outcomes. Tele-mental health services have also been shown to expand access to reduce stigma by allowing clients to access treatment where and when they feel comfortable, in privacy (source) and promote linguistic access by providing services in multiple languages. Asian adults, for example, have reported difficulty accessing mental health services due to systemic and linguistic barriers. 


The nation’s largest public health system, H+H began providing tele-health services early on in the COVID-19 pandemic and has since provided more than one million sessions remotely, including approximately 200,000 tele-mental health visits. Communities Thrive will help link this newly-developed capacity with the communities that need it most – through organizations they trust.  

While COVID-19 has had a profound and disparate impact on the mental health of New Yorkers, the need for more effective mental health support among communities of color was significant long before the pandemic:  

  • In 2017, 76% of US-born Asian American/Pacific Islander New Yorkers with depression reported that there was a time in the past 12 months when they needed treatment for a mental health problem but did not get it.  
  • Nationally, Black adults are 10% more likely to report serious psychological distress than white adults.  
  • Latinx New Yorkers display higher rates of depression (12%) than white New Yorkers (8%). However, white New Yorkers suffering from depression are more likely to engage in treatment for mental health problems (58%) than Latinx New Yorkers suffering from depression (39%).  

Communities Thrive aims to support communities of color in shaping how and where mental health support is delivered and in exploring new ways to address longstanding barriers to care.  

The complete Request for Proposals is available here. Proposals are due on April 23, 2021 at 2:00pm. Questions regarding this project should be emailed to by April 2, 2021 at 2:00 pm. A request for proposals the Communities Thrive demonstration project was initially issued in March 2020 and paused in April 2020 due to the fiscal climate and public health emergency. 

“By integrating tele-mental health support into the practices of community health providers and social service organizations New Yorkers already turn to for assistance, Communities Thrive will expand mental health services to more New Yorkers in need,” said Susan Herman, Director of the Mayor’s Office of ThriveNYC  


“The City’s public hospital system is proud to continue to partner with sister agencies to further provide critical mental health support to all who need the support during these trying times,” said NYC Health + Hospitals Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Office of Behavioral Health Charles Baron, MD. “We’ve unfortunately been witness to a number of crises during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the current mental health crisis we are committed to combat. By utilizing new tools, like telemedicine, we will meet New Yorkers where they are and eliminate barriers to such important care.”