Borough President Eric L. Adams provides constituents with an essential resource, the Constituent Assistance Center, where residents can request assistance, file a complaint or ask a question. The Constituent Assistance Center makes the necessary contacts with various entities including government agencies and private companies to resolve issues and provide services to all who need assistance. Brooklynites can send letters or visit the office at 209 Joralemon Street, in Brooklyn. Requests for assistance can also be made by calling the office at (718) 802-3700 or by emailing [email protected].
Frequently Asked Questions:
Block associations can serve several functions in a neighborhood. They can provide social opportunities to help neighbors get to know one another through planning block parties and other events. They can also provide functional opportunities to plan for security, holiday decorating ideas, and/or plant coordination. In addition, they can provide political opportunities for responding to problems such as inappropriate development projects. Block associations can be the backbone of a community. Please click on the link for information about how to start a block association.
To apply for numerous State & City benefits across the country go to: benefits.gov
If you are in need of food immediately, call the Food and Hunger Hotline at 866-888-8777. It provides emergency referrals to over 600 soup kitchens and food pantries throughout the city. This automated hot line will provide the hours of operation and directions to the emergency feeding program closest to you.
To receive Public Assistance you can walk in to a Human Resource Center or if you are applying just for Food Assistance/SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) go online to learn more about SNAP at: Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.
ACCESS NYC is an online public screening tool that you can use to determine the City, State, and Federal health and human services benefit programs for which you are potentially eligible to enroll.
You will need to answer a set of questions and review the list of programs to determine what you are eligible for. In addition to screening, you can learn about the programs, how to apply, where to go, and print applications. In addition, you can use ACCESS NYC anonymously or create an account.
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) offers nutritional education, breastfeeding support, referrals, and a variety of nutritious foods to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum women, infants, and children up to age five to promote and support good health.
WIC improves the health of pregnant women, new mothers, and their infants and children. The food provided through WIC are a good source of nutrients often missing from the diets of women and young children. WIC participants have longer, healthier pregnancies, and fewer premature births.
WIC Locator telephone #: 1-800-522-5006 or the Department of Health website
Applying for Medicare/Medicaid/Affordable Health Benefits? Click here for more information
Or call NY State of Health, the Official Health Plan Marketplace at: (855) 355-5777
For Medicaid Questions and assistance call Medicaid Helpline: (800) 541-2831
Borough President’s Constituent Assistance Center provides free legal services for all on select days each week. Please check the Community Calendar for further details. For more information, please call the Borough President’s Constituent Assistance Center at (718) 802-3700 to make an appointment. Appointments are required.
There are many employment opportunity resources in Brooklyn. DCAS manages Citywide Civil Service examinations for many of NYC Municipality Agencies.
Workforce1 is a service provided by the NYC Department of Small Business Services that prepares and connects qualified candidates to job opportunities in New York City. We make strong matches for both candidates and employers by using a unique combination of recruitment expertise, industry knowledge, and skill-building workshops to strengthen candidates’ employment prospects.
Brooklyn Workforce1 Locations:Brooklyn Central Library Workforce1 Career Center
Telephone: (347) 765-2250
Email: [email protected]
Website: Workforce1 Hours: Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Friday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Directions: The Brooklyn Central Library Workforce1 Career Center is located at 10 Grand Army Plaza and is reachable by subway: 2, 3 or 4 train to either Grand Army Plaza or Eastern Parkway stops. The Center can also be reached by the B41 bus to Flatbush Ave – Grand Army Plaza stop.
Telephone: (718) 246-5219
Email: [email protected]
Hours: Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Directions: The Brooklyn Workforce1 Career Center is located in downtown Brooklyn at 9 Bond Street between Fulton and Livingston Streets. By subway take the A,C to Hoyt-Schermerhorn; A,C,F to Jay Street-Borough Hall; 2,3 to Hoyt Street; M,R to Lawrence Street; 4,5 to Nevins Street; or B,M,Q,R to DeKalb Avenue. By bus, the B25, B26, B38, B41, B45, B52, B54, B57, B61, B63, B65, and B67 make stops along Fulton and Livingston Streets. People that are receiving Public Assistance can apply to attend a Career Readiness Program like Arbor or America Works, and or attend a Back To Work program. HRA also has a few resource for employment seekers.
Business Link is another HRA Employment Program: HRA’s Business Link is a fast, free and efficient way for employers to reach job seekers.
Job seekers who are receiving cash assistance can call the 24-hour job listing 212-643-2881 and select extension 2 for a listing of jobs, or call toll free: 877-585-JOBS (5627).
People that are living in Public Housing can participate in the REES
In addition to these resources there are numerous nonprofit organizations throughout NYC that specialize in career development/employment readiness that have a job placement criteria.
For additional job and career opportunity resources, please contact the Constituent Assistance Center at (718) 802-3700.
Tree Pruning can be done by the Dept. of Parks & Recreation or you can also take a tree pruning course.
Here are a number of ways that you can get a tree guard in front of your home or business:
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS): For more information, please visit www.uscis.gov or call their National Customer Service line at (800) 375-5283. To obtain USCIS forms by mail, please call (800) 870-3676.
The New York Immigration Hotline can be reached at (212) 419-3737 or (800) 566-7636. Selective Service can be reached at (888) 655-1825 or by visiting www.sss.gov.
In order to enhance public service and strengthen the integrity of the Social Security Number, the Social Security Administration opened the Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Manhattan Social Security Card Centers. The Card Center in Brooklyn is located at: 154 Pierrepont Street, Sixth Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
In-person: go to 125 Worth Street (Room 133) in Lower Manhattan, between between Lafayette and Centre Streets. Enter on Centre Street or Lafayette Street (for handicapped access), Monday – Friday (except holidays), 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Lines are shortest in the morning and midweek.
Note: In-person orders require a one-time $2.75 security fee in addition to the $15 fee for each certificate ordered. You can order your birth certificate ONLINE through VitaChek at:vitalchek.com
Department of Health, Department of Vital Records Phone number is: (212) 788-4520. Birth certificates will not be mailed to P.O. Box addresses.
Hours: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday
Subway: Borough Hall (Court Street) Station on the 2, 3, 4, 5, M, & R lines
Buses: B25, B26, B37, B38, B41, B45, B51, B52, B54, B57, B61, B65, B67, B75, B103
In person: 100 Church Street, 10th Fl., New York, NY 10007, anytime between 8 am and 5 pm. No appointment is necessary.
By mail: CCRB, 100 Church St., 10th Floor, New York, NY 10007
AFTER YOU FILE: You will be asked to come to our office so that an investigator can take a formal statement from you about what happened. The CCRB cannot begin to resolve your complaint without this statement. In case of a hardship, the investigator can travel to you. For example, if you’re seriously injured or in jail.
Once we’ve received your authorization form it typically takes approximately 1 month for the graffiti trucks to arrive at your site. This is due to the incredible response we are having to this program and because we are unable to clean graffiti on days when it rains, or is below 40 degrees. Due to our long winter and rainy spring we are still trying to reduce the backlog of many requests. We greatly appreciate your patience and cooperation!
Under new legislation, property owners with graffiti on their buildings will receive free cleaning. The property owners who receive notices from the city will be given approximately 35 days to clean their building, or contact the city to consent to the removal or do nothing, which would allow the city to remove the graffiti. Once you sign the enclosed Forever Graffiti Free Form, the city will perform a site assessment and place your building on a list for graffiti removal services.
The trucks are equipped with equipment that mixes paint to match all colors as well as power-washing equipment. Most graffiti will be painted over. However, for brick buildings and other special surfaces power-washing will be used to remove the graffiti. Please note that a site visit must be conducted prior to power-washing to ensure that the building is structurally sound and the pressure from the power-washing will not harm the building. If you have a preferred method of cleaning, please indicate that anywhere on your authorization form and we will try our best to oblige.
All products are ACID FREE and should not harm the building.
If you would like to be notified of the exact time and date of the cleaning, please indicate that somewhere on your authorization form and we will try our best to oblige.
Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
p: (718) 802 3700 | f: (718) 802 3778