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2012

12/28/2012 - Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Fatima Shama and Citizens Committee for NYC CEO Peter Kostmayer Announce UnityNYC Grant Awards
One NYC One Nation Program to Award Micro-Grants to Diverse Groups Collaborating on Community Projects
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11/30/2012 - $50,000 Donation To The Fund For HHC Supports Employee Hurricane Relief
Gift brings total raised for public hospital system workers to almost $118,000
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9/20/2012 - Mayor Bloomberg, Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Fatima Shama And Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott Announce  Expansion of NYCitizenship to New York City Public Schools
NYCitizenship in Schools will Help Eligible Parents of Students in New York City Public Schools Apply for U.S. Citizenship
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8/15/2012 - Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Fatima Shama Discusses How City Will Assist In Documentation Retrieval Process For Residents Applying For Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals
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5/4/2012 - Victims Of Domestic Violence Reach Milestone On Their Path To Self-Sufficiency
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4/17/2012 - Mayor Bloomberg Kicks Off The 9th Annual Immigrant Heritage Week Celebration
Mayor Presents American Dreamer Awards to New Yorkers Improving the Lives of Immigrants
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2011

12/30/2011 - We Are New York Project Celebrates the Completion of its 500th Group
Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Fatima Shama Joins Celebration of Milestone
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11/21/2011 - Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Robles-Roman, Adviser John Feinblatt Announce Expansion of Legal Services For Immigrants
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10/24/2011 - Mayor Bloomberg, Speaker Quinn And New York  City Economic Development Corporation Hold City's First Food Manufacturing Expo To Connect Immigrant Entrepreneurs To Brokers And Buyers And Create Jobs
Networking Event for Food Manufacturers Is Part of Mayor Bloomberg's Immigrant Entrepreneur Initiatives and Speaker Quinn's FoodWorks Initiative
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10/7/2011 - Mayor Bloomberg, Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Shama And Citywide Administrative Services Commissioner Handy Launch NYCitizenship
City Agencies, CUNY Citizenship Now! and The Legal Aid Society join to help qualified City employees and their families apply for U.S. Citizenship
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10/3/2011 - NYC Human Resources Administration Announces "I Speak …" Cards Available At Community-Based Organizations Across NYC
More than 80 organizations distributing over 250,000 cards to serve Limited English Proficient (LEP) clients in the five boroughs
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9/22/2011 - Human Resources Administration Reaches Out To Assist Chinese Community In Finding More Affordable Health Insurance Options
NYC Health Insurance Link Offers Clear, Comprehensive Information on Health Insurance Options for City’s Immigrant Consumers and Small Businesses
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6/9/2011 - NYC Department of Consumer Affairs And Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs Join The Departments of Homeland Security And Justice Along With The Federal Trade Commission To Announce Multi-Agency Effort To Combat Immigration Service Scams 
Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Announces Vigorous Enforcement Efforts to Protect Immigrants from Immigration Service Providers who Break Local Laws.  DCA Conducted More Than 280 Investigations of Immigration Service Providers in Two Years
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5/17/2011 - Public Hospitals Renew Commitment to Keep Patient
Immigrant Status Private
“Open Letter” in 12 Languages Promises Confidentiality
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4/14/2011 - Mayor Bloomberg Announces Winners Of The American Dreamer Awards At 8th Annual Immigrant Heritage Week Celebration 
Mayor Presents American Dreamer Awards to New Yorkers Improving the Lives of Immigrants.
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4/11/2011 - Mayor Bloomberg Launches One NYC One Nation -  A Multi-Pronged Civic Engagement Initiative For Immigrant New Yorkers To Kick Off Immigrant Heritage Week
Five Immigrant Civic Engagement Zones will be established to provide tools to immigrant communities to better access City government, promote financial empowerment, enhance immigrant entrepreneurship, and help support college readiness opportunities for iimmigrants.
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3/3/2011 - Mayor Bloomberg Announces Three New Steps To Make It Easier For Immigrant-Owned Businesses To Start And Grow In New York City
City and Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation Launch Immigrant Entrepreneur Business Plan Competition to Promote Seed Funding to Immigrant Start-Ups.  Mayor Bloomberg Committed to Launching Initiatives to Support New York City’s Immigrant Entrepreneurs.
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2010

5/27/2010 - Mayor Bloomberg Launches Language Gateway
Collection of Essential City Documents in Multiple Languages Offers Access to City Programs, Services and Activities in English, Spanish, Chinese and Russian
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5/20/2010 - Mayor Bloomberg And Deputy Mayor Robles-Roman Launch New Public Education Campaign To End Human Trafficking
“Let’s Call an End to Human Trafficking” Campaign Encourages New Yorkers To “See It. Know It. Report It.”
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4/27/2010 - Mayor Bloomberg And Speaker Quinn Announce 14 Measures To Make It Easier For Small Businesses To Infuence And Comply With City Regulations
New Initiatives Include a Business Owner's Bill of Rights, Steps to Help Businesses Avoid Automatic Fines and In-Person Hearings and Other Customer Service-Oriented Actions
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4/26/2010 - Buildings Commissioner Limandri Joins Fire Commissioner Cassano And OEM Commissioner Bruno To Kick Off Sixth Annual Construction Safety Week
Department Experts Host 15 Events in All Five Boroughs to Increase Construction Safety.  Events Include Construction Site Visits, Seminars for Industry Professionals and Community Meetings Co-Sponsored by Borough Presidents in Each Borough
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4/20/2010 - Mayor Bloomberg Releases One-Year Progress Report On NYC Service
New Partnership with Equinox Fitness Clubs will help to nearly Double the Number of New Yorkers with access to Free Fitness Classes, with a Focus on Low-Income Neighborhoods
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4/15/2010 - Mayor Bloomberg Launches Seventh Annual Immigrant Heritage Week
Mayor Presents American Dreamer Award to New Yorkers Improving the Lives of Immigrants
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4/7/2010 - Mayor Bloomberg Details Neighborhood By Neighborhood 2010 Census Response Rates In Final Push To Increase Participation
Mayor Urges Community News Outlets to Help Carry the Message of the Importance of the Census to the Communities they Cover
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1/29/2010 - Mayor Bloomberg and CUNY Chancellor Goldstein Urge Haitian Refugees to Attend First Immigration Application Clinic at Medgar Evers College CUNY on Saturday
Temporary Protective Status Application Clinics to Provide Assistance to Haitian New Yorkers as Promised in the Mayor’s State of the City Speech
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1/29/2010 - Mayor Bloomberg Announces New York City's Haiti Relief Fund Has Collected over $1.2 Million
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1/29/2010 - Mayor Bloomberg And Governor Paterson Announce Creation Of New York Haitian Earthquake Family Resource Center
Center to Provide Support Services for New York’s Haitian Community.  Councilman Mathieu Eugene to Chair Newly Created Haitian Earthquake Family Resource Center Communication and Outreach.
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1/19/2010 - Mayor Bloomberg Rotates Deputy Commissioners For Three Weeks To Find New Ways To Improve Services For New Yorkers
Three Week Rotations for Top Deputies Begin Today
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1/13/2010 - Mayor Bloomberg Outlines Response To Disaster In Haiti
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1/7/2010 - Mayor Bloomberg Announces Winner Of "NYC Next Idea" Global Business Plan Competition: Entrepreneur Team From Indian Institute Of Technology
Teams from Ten Leading International Business and Engineering Schools in Europe, Asia and Latin America Submitted Final Proposals.  Mayor: Difficulty Teams Now Face Obtaining Visas and Launching Plans Highlights Need for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
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2009

10/13/2009 - Mayor's Office Of Immigrant Affairs Reminds New Yorkers Of U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery. Free Application Assistance Is Available At New York City Public Libraries
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9/17/2009 - Commissioner Walsh And Commissioner Shama Announce The City's First Bilingual Seminar For Latino Business Associations
Giving Small Businesses Support to Grow in New York City is Part of the Bloomberg Administration’s Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan
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9/3/2009 - Mayor Bloomberg Signs Legislation to Provide Language Assistance Services in Pharmacies
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8/12/2009 - Mayor Bloomberg Appoints Fatima Shama As Commissioner Of Immigrant Affairs
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7/28/2009 - Mayor Bloomberg, NYC Media Group and V-ME Launch "NYC TV Kids Presents V-ME Niños"
City Television’s First Block of Educational Programming in Spanish Officially Launched
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7/15/2009 - Statement Of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg On Dr. Guillermo Linares Stepping Down As The City's Commissioner Of Immigrant Affairs
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7/9/2009 - Commissioner Linares And Commissioner Walsh Announce First Bilingual NYC Business Solutions Finanacing Fair Today Matched More Than 100 Businesses With Lenders
Giving Small Businesses Support to Grow in New York City is Part of the Mayor’s Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan.  The NYC Business Solutions Financing Fair is one of the City’s five initiatives to support Hispanic small businesses.
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7/2/2009 - Mayor Bloomberg Speaks to Newly Sworn In Citizens at Naturalization Ceremony Hosted by the Department of Homeland Security
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6/25/2009 - Mayor Bloomberg and Deputy Mayor Walcott Encourage Immigrant New Yorkers to Watch the Premiere of "We Are New York" this Weekend on NYC TV Channel 25
New TV Show Helps Immigrant New Yorkers Learn English through Realistic Stories of Life in New York City
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6/17/2009 - Mayor Bloomberg, Commissioner Of Immigrant Affairs Linares And Small Business Services Commissioner Walsh Announce Initiatives To Help Support Hispanic Businesses
Giving Startups and Small Businesses Tools to Grow in New York City as Part of the Mayor’s Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan
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6/17/2009 - Mayor Bloomberg, Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs Linares and Small Business Services Commissioner Walsh Annouce Initiatives to Help Support Hispanic Business
Giving Startups and Small Businesses Tools to Grow in New York City as Part of the Mayor’s Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan
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4/27/2009 - Buildings Commissioner Robert Limandri Kicks Off Fifth Annual Construction Safety Week
Free Safety Harnesses Provided to Construction Workers.  Free Educational Programs Offered in All Five Boroughs to Increase Construction Safety
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4/20/2009 - Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg Announces Support for the DREAM Act to Help Young Immigrants Find a Path Toward Legalization at Immigrant Heritage Month Address at Gracie Mansion
Mayor Signs Executive Order Permanently Establishing Immigrant Heritage Week as a Citywide Celebration
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4/17/2009 - Mayor Bloomberg Launches Sixth Annual Immigrant Heritage Week
Mayor Signs Executive Order 128 Formalizing the Annual Celebration.  Mayor Announces City Agencies Have Met Goals of 2008 Language Access Executive Order.
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4/7/2009 - Mayor Michael R. Bloomgerg Kicks-Off City Efforts to Ensure All New York City Residents are Counted in 2010 Census
Mayor Signs Executive Order to Create NYC 2010 Census Office and Appoints Stacey Cumberbatch as City Census Coordinator
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2008

4/28/2008 - Acting Buildings Commissioner Robert Limandri Launches 4th Annual Construction Safety Week
Free Construction Safety Seminars Offered in all five boroughs
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4/21/2008 - Mayor Bloomberg Announces Expansion of 311 To Include Human Service Referrals And Launch Of Seven-Language Ad Campaign About How 311 Can Now Help With Both Non-Profit And Government Services
Making 311 a Single Entry-Point for New Yorkers Seeking Social Services Fulfills a 2005 Campaign Promise and Creates the Nation's Largest Social Service Information and Referral Center.  New "Your City. Your Needs. Your Number" Campaign in Seven Languages.
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4/10/2008 - Mayor Bloomberg Launches Fifth Annual Immigrant Heritage Week With Reception At Gracie Mansion
Celebration Nearly Triples Events throughout Five Boroughs
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4/4/2008 - Buildings Commissioner Patricia Lancaster Announces Results Of Citywide Inspection Of Supported Scaffolds And Sidewalk Sheds
Results Being Used to Track Construction Trends and Enhance Worker and Pedestrian Safety
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2/29/2008 - Buildings Commissioner Lancaster Outlines Aggressive Agenda For Construction Safety And Enhanced Enforcement On Job Sites At Agencywide Meeting 
Strategic Plan for Next Two Years to Include New Staff, Legislation to Increase Construction Safety, New Standards for Architects and Engineers, and Next-Generation Technology to Increase Transparency
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1/29/2008 - NYC Human Resources Administration Opens 3 Model Offices In Upper Manhattan
Fulfilling Mayor Bloomberg’s promise to modernize the City’s cash assistance, food stamp and public health insurance centers
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2007

10/1/2007 - City Public Hospitals To Offer Flu Shots And Preventative Health Screenings In October
"Take Care NY" Campaign urges New Yorkers to "Get Screened. Stay Healthy."
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4/18/2007 - Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg Celebrates Fourth Annual Immigrant History Week With Reception At Gracie Mansion
Launches New Directory of Services for Immigrants
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4/13/2007 - Public Hospitals Renew Vow To Keep Patient Immigrant Status Confidential
“Open Letter” in 12 Languages Promises Privacy, Will Be Distributed During Immigrant History Week, April 16-22
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2/7/2007 - Mayor Bloomberg Announces Implementation Of Suspended Scaffold Worker Safety Task Force Recommendations
City Aims to Protect Scaffold Workers by Enhancing Enforcement, Worker Outreach and Training.  $6 Million Investment in Task Force Recommendations Includes Newly-Created Department of Buildings Scaffold Safety Unit
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2006

4/27/2006 - Department Of Consumer Affairs & Mayor's Office Of Immigrant Affairs Remind The Newest New Yorkers Of Their Rights When Using Immigrant Service Providers
43 Immigrant Service Providers Cited by the DCA for Lack of Disclosure and Improper Contracts; City Urges Filing of Complaints for Illegal Practices & Issues Tips to Educate Immigrants and Businesses
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4/17/2006 - Mayor Bloomberg Celebrates Third Annual Immigrant History Week At Gracie Mansion Honoring A City Of Immigrants
Immigrant History Week Honors the Contributions and Rich History of Immigrants in New York City
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2/27/2006 - Mayor Bloomberg, Chancellor Klein And Speaker Quinn Announce Expansion Of Translation And Interpretation Services For City Schools
Establishment of Chancellor's Regulation Builds on Existing DOE Translation and Interpretation Services; Additional $2 Million in Funding Will Be Committed for Increased Services to Parents
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1/20/2006 - Mayor Bloomberg Announces Launch Of Affordable Housing Online Resource
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1/5/2006 - Mayor Bloomberg Hosts Reception In Honor Of Three Kings Day
Celebration in Honor of the Epiphany
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2005

10/26/2005 - Fair Housing Symposium Helps Immigrants Navigate Housing Laws
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10/18/2005 - Mayor Bloomberg Signs Legislation Establishing Commission To Study Feasibility Of Day Laborer Job Centers
Remarks by Mayor Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Laws
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9/15/2005 - NYC Office Of Emergency Management Opens Disaster Assistance Service Center For Hurricane Katrina Evacuees
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5/10/2005 - Consumer Affairs Cites Immigrant Service Providers For Not Complying With New Disclosure Law
New Free Guides Educate Immigrants and Businesses
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4/11/2005 - Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg Launches Immigrant History Week With Celebration At Gracie Mansion
Honoring Four Outstanding New Yorkers
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1/27/2005 - NYC Health Dept. Warns Against Use Of "Skin-Ligthening" Creams Containing Mercury Or Similar Products Which Do Not List Ingredients
Almost a Dozen Products Made in the Dominican Republic, Hong Kong and China Do Not Conform to FDA Regulations; Sale of These Products Illegal Under City Law
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1/24/2005 - City Planning Releases Newest New Yorkers Immigration Report
Foreign-Born Swell NYC Population Figures, Strengthen Economy
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2004

9/24/2004 - Fire Department And Mayor's Office Of Immigrant Affairs Identify Additional Firehouses As Collection Points For Hurricane Relief
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7/14/2004 - Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg Appoints Guillermo Linares As New Commissioner For Immigrant Affairs
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5/3/2004 - Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg Announces The Resignation Of Immigrants Affairs Commissioner Sayu V. Bhojwani
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4/14/2004 - Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Immigrants Affairs Commissioner Sayu V. Bhojwani Launch City's First Immigrant History Week
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2003

12/17/2003 - Mayor's Office Of Immigrant Affairs And NYC Department Of Consumer Affairs Remind Immigrants Of Dec. 30 Deadline For U.S. VISA Lottery Applications And Provide Tips To Prevent Potential Scams
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3/14/2003 - Commissioners Eggleston And Bhojwani Urge Newly Eligible Immigrants To Enroll In Food Stamps Program
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