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Mayor de Blasio Celebrates Designation of New York City as an Official Coast Guard City
May 10, 2018
This distinction recognizes the essential role that the United States Coast Guard plays in keeping New York City’s citizens & waterways safe
Mayor de Blasio welcomed the Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, Admiral Paul Zukunft, to City Hall for a ceremony recognizing New York City as the nation’s largest official Coast Guard City.
Established by Congress in 1998, a Coast Guard City is an honorary designation recognizing special efforts to celebrate the service and sacrifice of Coast Guard men and women. This designation recognizes New York City’s longstanding efforts to embrace Coast Guard men, women, and families stationed at Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island during their tour of duty in New York City.

New York City Announces Veterans And Active Military Service Members Are Now Protected From Discrimination Under City Human Rights Law

November 21, 2017
The new law makes it illegal for employers, landlords, and providers of public accommodations to discriminate against veterans and active military service members
New York City has begun enforcement of a new law that protects current and prior military service members from discrimination, bias, and harassment. It is now illegal in New York City for employers, landlords, and providers of public accommodations to discriminate against veterans and active military service members due to their military status.

The Department of Veterans Services announces New York City 50th city in US to become a “caregiver supportive city,” formally recognizing military and veteran caregivers

The New York City Department of Veterans Services is proud to announce that in a resolution signed at the Elizabeth Dole “Hidden Heroes” campaign launch in Washington, DC, the city of New York became the 50th city in the US to become a “caregiver supportive city,” formally recognizing military and veteran caregivers.

Federal Government Announces New York City Has Ended Chronic Veteran Homelessness
December 30, 2015
The federal government announced an end to chronic veteran homelessness in New York City, following a two-year effort by Mayor de Blasio to help veterans who have been homeless for a year or longer find a home.
In a letter dated December 29, 2015, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, along with the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, notified New York City that it has effectively ended chronic homelessness among veterans. This achievement was made possible through a coordinated effort, bringing together partners across City agencies and the federal government, as well several non-profit organizations serving veterans.