From the Press Office:
City Launches Training Program to Help Small Business Owners Bridge the Digital Divide
February 4, 2021
NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Jonnel Doris today announced the launch of “Training for Your Employees,” a new resource that provides business owners and their employees with training in digital literacy, marketing tools, online security, and COVID-19 safety.
“As our city fights back COVID-19, every business deserves access to the tools it needs to serve its customers virtually,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “These free training courses will help New Yorkers stay safe while shopping local, and help businesses attract new customers and keep their teams safe. I urge every small business owner to take advantage.” (Click here to read more).
Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo Announce Vaccination Site at Yankee Stadium to Open Friday
February 3, 2021
Bronx Mega-Site Will Be Reserved for Bronx Residents by Appointment Only, Bolstering State and City’s Commitment to Ensuring Fairness and Equity in Vaccine Distribution Process
15,000 Appointments Available During First Week
NEW YORK— Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Yankee Stadium will open this week as a mega vaccination site, beginning to administer COVID-19 vaccinations to eligible Bronx residents on Friday, February 5. The site, established through a partnership between New York State, New York City, the New York Yankees, SOMOS Community Care and the New York National Guard, will help address and mitigate the ongoing impact of COVID-19 in the Bronx, including positivity rates in nearby communities, and promote equitable distribution of the vaccine, including in the borough’s hardest-hit neighborhoods. Bronx residents interested in scheduling appointments should visit Somosvaccinations.com or call 1-833-SomosNY.
“This mega site shows what our grassroots, equity-driven NYC Vaccine for All effort is all about,” Mayor de Blasio said. “Yankee Stadium has always been known for its World Series banners, but now it’ll be recognized as a place where the people of the surrounding community in the Bronx can receive the vaccine doses that they need and deserve. This is about justice and standing up for the neighborhoods that were hardest hit by COVID-19.” (Click here to read more).
Mayor de Blasio Calls for Federal Government to Grant Freedom to Manufacture Vaccine Across America
February 2, 2021
“We need wartime mass production here in America”
NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio today released the following statement calling for the United States of America to compel Pfizer and Moderna to license their vaccine to pharmaceutical companies and jumpstart mass production.
“The United States of America should not care more about patents than we care about people. Now that the Defense Production Act is finally in place, it is time to directly compel Pfizer or Moderna to license their vaccine to any pharmaceutical company that can help produce doses.
“They are already doing this in Europe. Now, we need wartime mass production here in America. Every lab should have the freedom to manufacture the COVID-19 vaccine. New York City has the infrastructure in place to vaccinate millions in the next few months. We just need the supply!” (Click here to read more).
New York City Kicks Off Black History Month with Official Landmarking of Truesdell House at 227 Duffield Street
February 2, 2021
Landmarks Preservation Commission designates downtown Brooklyn home of 19th-century abolitionists; home to become a permanent part of City’s Black historical record
NEW YORK—Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray joined community advocates and the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) to celebrate the designation of the Harriet and Thomas Truesdell House at 227 Duffield Street in Brooklyn as an individual landmark. This Greek-Revival style former row house is a rare surviving 19th-century abolitionists’ home in Downtown Brooklyn.
“The battle for justice in this country always has been – and always will be – fought in the heart of New York City,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Black History Month in this city means more than just words. It means honoring the legacy of the Black New Yorkers who came before us. I’m grateful to every advocate and community leader who made this day possible, and this city will continue to stand with you in the future.”
"We may not know the names of the African souls that traveled in secrecy and desperation through downtown Brooklyn in search of a better life, but we do know this is one of the many sites that served as a temporary haven as they sought freedom,” said First Lady Chirlane McCray. “We also know that the residents of 227 Duffield Street risked losing power, respect and even their lives by helping those who were fleeing enslavement. These stories of our history need to be celebrated, not erased. It is an honor to highlight these sacred passages of our ancestors.” (Click here to read more).