New hours for NYCHA workers


Getting problems solved in many of the homes managed by the New York City Housing Authority could happen a little faster now that staff work schedules on property are set to expand to seven days a week.

Teamsters Local 237, which represents many NYCHA workers, agreed to the new week expansion, which will eliminate the straight Monday through Friday schedule by April.

“For the first time in decades, we will be able to help more residents with frontline staff members on-site seven days a week,” said Vito Mustaciuolo, NYCHA general manager, in a release. “This historic agreement ensures fair wages for our staff and keeps with our commitment to becoming the better landlord our residents deserve.”

The changes include an alternative work schedule that will be available to frontline staff like caretakers, supervisors and building superintendents.

Those who opt in will receive a one-time $1,500 payment, and then a 20 percent differential for working weekend hours as part of their regular work week.

The new schedule will begin with 14 selected developments in Brooklyn and Manhattan, but  it’s not clear when Bronx developments — like Marble Hill Houses and Fort Independence Houses — will be moved to the new system.


New gender option for birth certificates

The city’s health department is now allowing birth certificates to use “X” to reflect non-binary gender identity.

On top of that, transgender and gender non-binary New Yorkers will no longer need a letter from a physician or an affidavit signed by a licensed health care provider to change their gender on their birth certificate.

People born in New York City can submit a notarized affidavit that attests the gender marker change is to affirm their gender identity.