Dear Neighbor,


Thank you for joining us for another week in review.

Happy Valentine's Day! We hope that all of you had a healthy dose of love, friendship and companionship on this wonderful day.

The application for the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is finally open! SYEP provides youth between ages 14 and 24 with career exploration opportunities and paid work experience each summer. Through this program, participants can explore different interests and career pathways, develop productive workplace habits, and engage in learning experiences that strengthen their social, civic, and leadership skills. To apply, click here.

Tax Season is upon us. Single-filing New Yorkers who earned $56,000 or less in 2022, or families who earned $80,000 or less, are encouraged to file their taxes for free using NYC Free Tax Prep. NYC Free Tax Prep provides free, professional tax preparation that can help New Yorkers keep their full refund, including valuable tax credits, like the newly enhanced New York City Earned Income Tax Credit (NYC EITC). The new NYC Free Tax Prep for self-employed New Yorkers will also provide income tax services to freelance workers and small businesses.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 718-590-3500 or email us at


In partnership,

Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson

In honor of Valentine's Day, I visited my seniors in centers all around the Borough. It is not a secret: I love my seniors. They are so full of life and wisdom.

Every day they remind me of my purpose. They remind me that I am my grandparents wildest dreams come true.

Thank you for all you have given us. I hope today - and every day - you feel loved and appreciated.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Earlier today, we sent a letter to Chancellor Banks and the DOE to support our Early Childhood Providers in their fight for timely compensation, reimbursement and more.

Our early childcare providers provide an essential service to our city, and we are asking the administration to join us in reciprocating the same love our providers show our children and their families each day.

To read the full letter, click here.


I was proud to join with SUNY Chancellor, John B. King, Jr. for his visit to SUNY Maritime College - his first visit in this new leadership role.

SUNY Maritime is leading the charge and training a new generation of leaders in industry, government and military fields. Thank you for having us.

It was a packed house! Thank you to the New York City Department of Education, our Bronx Superintendents, School Safety, the New York City Police Department, and all the other agencies and stakeholders that joined us for our 1st School Safety Symposium. The safety of our students, educators and school safety is of top priority.

Thank you to everyone that contributed to our conversation and helped us identify issues. We are committed to working collaboratively to find solutions and equipping our schools with the resources and tools they need to keep our children safe.