February 15, 2017
NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Community Affairs Unit today announced a Request for Expressions of Interest from New York City Council Members, community boards and business improvement districts in creating neighborhood support teams.
Mayor de Blasio signed Local Law 102 in 2016, requiring the City to develop a list of no fewer than three geographic areas that would benefit from interagency collaboration to address issues pertaining to sanitation, public health and public safety. The areas selected to receive neighborhood support teams will be announced in July.
Neighborhood support teams will be comprised of representatives from City agencies and community stakeholders who will work within existing City resources to address quality of life issues in specific geographic areas over the course of one year. They will use the insights and ideas of local communities to solve problems creatively.
“Neighborhood support teams will be hyperlocal spaces for City agencies to think about and solve the quality of life issues that matter most to New Yorkers,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “New Yorkers know their neighborhoods. I want to urge everyone to encourage their most local representatives to express interest in these teams to come work in their community.”
“I sponsored this legislation to model the successful multi-agency collaboration that took place to address quality of life issues in an area of my district that needed a unified response,” said NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. “We look forward to having similar successes in other neighborhoods that need heightened collaboration to address quality of life issues.”
“Government works best when it works with community,” said Marco Carrión, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit. “On the ground, City agencies will work closer than ever in neighborhood support teams to address issues that at times can be unique to neighborhoods and communities. This concentration of work will allow for creative solutions to flourish and improve the city’s quality of life.”
“Keeping our communities safe and clean is everyone's responsibility,” said Council Member Vanessa Gibson. “Block by block, neighborhood support teams will allow us to reinforce the importance of community engagement at the most local level while addressing quality of life concerns in our neighborhoods. I thank Mayor Bill de Blasio, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Commissioner Marco Carrión for their leadership, vision and commitment to inclusive community partnerships that enhance New Yorkers' quality of life.”