The NYC Office of Citywide Health Insurance Access has a website, “NYC Health Insurance Link,” that helps small businesses and individuals find health insurance options that meet their specific needs and budgets on an unbiased basis. The site shows a wide range of options from every NYC insurance carrier, the low cost state-subsidized Healthy NY options, and plans offered by NYC purchasing alliances and associations. The site also contains comprehensive educational information on health insurance basics as well as the new Health Care Reform Act.
The New York City Tax Appeals tribunal is an independent agency created by the City Charter. The tribunal provides a forum in which disputes between taxpayers and the Dept. of Finance relating to taxes administered by the City of New York other than property taxes are resolved.
The Tax Commission provides a forum for independent review of real property tax assessments set by the Dept. of Finance.
The Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit (CAU) work with neighborhood and civic organizations, nonprofits and various City agencies to tackle large scale issues and respond to emergency situations. CAU also implement mayoral initiatives at the community level through direct contact with community boards and civic associations.
The Design Commission reviews permanent works of art, architecture, and landscape architecture proposed on or over City-owner property. Projects include construction, renovation or restoration of buildings, such as museums and libraries; creation or rehabilitation of parks and playgrounds; installation of lighting and other streetscape elements; and design, installation and conservation of artwork.
The NYC Department of Buildings ensures the safe and lawful use of buildings and properties by enforcing the City’s Building Code, Electrical Code, Zoning Resolution, New York State Labor Law and New York State Multiple Dwelling Law. Main activities include performing plan examinations, issuing construction permits, inspecting properties, and issuing Certificates of Occupancy and Place of Assembly permits.
The Charter Revision Commission is charged with reviewing the entire charter of the City of New York, holding hearings in all five boroughs to solicit public input, and issuing a report outlining findings and recommendations to amend or revise the charter.
The Dept. of City Planning (DCP) promotes strategic growth, transit-oriented development, and sustainable communities in the City, in part by initiating comprehensive, consensus-based planning and zoning changes for individual neighborhoods and business districts, as well as establishing policies and zoning regulations citywide.
The Dept. of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) ensures that city agencies have the critical resources and support needed to provide the best possible services to the public.
The Dept. of Consumer Affairs (DCA) works to ensure that New York City’s consumers and businesses benefit from a fair and vibrant marketplace. The DCA licenses more than 60,000 businesses in 55 different industries from home improvement contractors, electronic stores and tow companies to sidewalk cafes, newsstands and locksmiths. The DCA conducts routine inspections throughout the five boroughs, resolves individual consumer complaints, pursues large-scale litigation, and conducts administrative hearings.
The Dept. of Design and Construction (DDC) is the city’s primary capital construction manager with the mission to provide construction projects in a safe, expeditious, and cost-effective manner while maintaining the highest degree of architectural, engineering, and construction quality.
The NYC Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is the city’s primary engine for economic development charged with leveraging the City’s assets to drive growth, create jobs and improve quality of life. NYCEDC provides expert business, economic and policy advice to the City, non-profit and for-profit private sectors to ensure that New York remains a global center of commerce and culture.
The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) plans and prepares for emergencies, educates the public about preparedness, coordinates emergency response and recovery, and collects and disseminates emergency information
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) manages and conserves the City’s water supply. DEP is responsible for New York City’s environment, regulates air quality, hazardous waste, and critical quality of life issues, including noise.
The Office of Environmental Remediation (OER) oversees and coordinates the City’s brownfield redevelopment policies.
The Mayor’s Office of Environmental Coordination (MOEC) contributes to making New York City a healthier and more sustainable city by overseeing the city’s environmental review process, administering the city’s green building program,and advising on other environmental issues.
The New York City Department of Finance collects property taxes and other property related charges. The department also values New York City commercial and residential properties. Additionally, the Dept. of Finance provide business centers in each borough for the pubic to pay bills in-person or to dispute tax and parking issues.
The New York City Dept. of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) protects the existing housing stock and expands housing options for New Yorkers as it strives to improve the availability, affordability, and quality of housing in New York City. HPD works with its governmental, community, non-profit and for-profit partners to strengthen neighborhoods, increase the availability of well-maintained, affordable housing and enable more New Yorkers to become homeowners.
The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs promotes the well being of immigrant communities by recommending programs and policies that facilitate successful integration of immigrant New Yorkers into the civic, economic, and cultural life of the City.
The Mayor’s Office of Industrial and Manufacturing Businesses (IMB) is dedicated to addressing the needs of New York’s industrial and manufacturing businesses. The office coordinates implementation across City agencies o citywide policies to retain and promote industrial and manufacturing firms.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) is responsible for identifying and designating the City’s landmarks and the buildings in in the City’s historic districts. The Commission also also regulates changes to designated buildings.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) prepares and monitors the budgets and programs of city agencies and covered organizations. OMB is responsible for preparing the Mayor’s preliminary and Executive budgets and for advising the Mayor on issues affecting the City’s fiscal health and the efficiency of City services and programs.
The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) provides affordable housing for low and moderate-income residents throughout the five boroughs. NYCHA administers the Section 8 Leased Housing Program in rental apartments. NYCHA also provide residents with opportunities to participate in a multitude of community, educational and recreational programs, as well as job readiness and training initiatives.
The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation (DPR) is the chief steward of the City’s parkland. The agency follows three guiding principles: increased greening, improved access to recreational and fitness opportunities, and using parks as a vehicle for community and economic development.
The School Construction Authority (SCA) was established by the New York State Legislature in December 1988 to build new public schools and manage the design, construction and renovation of capital projects in New York City’s more than 1,200 public school buildings, half of which were constructed prior to 1949.
The New York City Department of Small Businesses (SBS) makes it easier for businesses in New York City to form, do business, and grow by providing direct assistance to business owners, fostering neighborhood development in commercial districts, and linking employers to a skilled and qualified workforce.
The Board is empowered by the City Charter to interpret the meaning or applicability of the Zoning Resolution, Building and Fire Codes, Multiple Dwelling Law, and Labor Law. This power includes the ability to vary in certain instances the provisions of these regulations.
The mission of the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) is to provide for the safe, efficient, and environmentally responsible movement of people and goods in the City of New York and to maintain and enhance the transportation infrastructure crucial to the economic vitality and quality of life of our primary customers, City residents.
The Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) was created in 1996 to provide the City of New York with high-quality youth and family programming. DYCD supports New York City youth and their families by funding a wide range of high-quality youth and community development programs