Coronavirus Update

COVID Testing is now available for City Employees

Attached is a listing of COVID-19 testing sites in each borough exclusively for city employees. Unfortunately, the city is currently not letting us go get tested on agency time, so it is recommended that appointments be made during lunch or before work.

Another way of getting yourself tested, and also your your family, is available to all via email request to the Federal government. Email either or .

Updated leave guidance 
Annexed are three DCAS documents and one NYCHA document for your reference:

CSBA continues to advocate for the ability of our members to telecommute whenever possible. Even when the pandemic finally ends (and we’re most definitely not there yet), we want the option to work from home at least part-time. So much of what we do can be performed at least as effectively and efficiently away from the noise and distractions of the office, as demonstrated by the results over the past year.

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CSBA Member Survey on Teleworking

The Teleworking Survey Results are in:

  • Of the 231 responses, the vast majority of members who responded (212) were able to perform all their work remotely during the approximately 18 month period when it was allowed, whereas the remaining 19 individuals reported being able to perform most of their work remotely.

  • 176 people felt that they were able to do their work better remotely than when in the office (with less distractions and less time wasted during the commute hence allowing for extra time being productive); 50 reported that they were able to accomplish about the same as from the office, and a mere 4 people thought that they could not perform everything as well.

  • The majority of respondents (134) want the ability to telework 2-3 days per week, whereas a sizable number of our colleagues (90) would like to be allowed to work remotely 4-5 days per week. Only 4 people felt that 1 day per week was ideal, and even fewer people (3) reported being OK with no telecommuting.

  • Finally, 215 respondents stated that if they are not provided with an option to telecommute, it would negatively impact their morale and/or desire to stay with their agency. By contrast, only 13 people stated that not being allowed to telework would have no negative effect on them.

Hopefully the incoming administration will take note of this valuable information, and provide options that attract and retain skilled professionals in today’s workforce. Thank you to the many members who took the time to participate in this anonymous survey. We hear you, loud and clear!

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Mandatory Vaccination Mandate Agreement

The vast majority of our members are vaccinated and want to be as safe as possible for themselves, their families and their co-workers. However, as there are some members who are seeking accommodations or exemptions for religious or medical reasons, we have arrived at the following very time-sensitive agreement.

Please note that we are still actively pursuing the Return-to-Office issue, for which we filed the Motion to Intervene in DC37’s Improper Practice Petition. We hope to be able to provide an update on that important issue shortly.

Executed CSBA Vaccine Mandate Agreement

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Congratulations to Recently Elected CSBA Officers, Directors and Trustees

The following CSBA members were duly nominated and elected without opposition on Wednesday May 12, 2021 to represent you, our Agency Attorney colleagues:

Officers, Class of 2024: Saul Fishman (DOF), President; Lester Paverman (NYPD), First Vice President; Michaele Bober (DSS), Second Vice President; Kevin Hsi (HPD), Corresponding Secretary; Ka Ng (NYCHA), Recording Secretary; and Abbe Kalnick (ACS), Treasurer.

Directors, Class of 2024: Kiiru Gichuru (CCHR); Brigitte Rajacic (NYCHA); Robert Spiesman (DSS); Renee Storey (TLC); Bernard Tordesillas (DOF); Helen Thomas Tsalevich (DOB); and Vincent Verdi (NYPD).

Welfare Fund (Security Benefit Fund) Trustees, Class of 2023: Gladys Egwuonwu (DSS) and Michele Mirro (DOF).

FYI – CSBA Officers and Directors meet almost every month, and Welfare Fund Trustees meet quarterly. Kindly note that whether or not you have a member of the Board of Directors in your agency or location, you may always contact us directly at the CSBA office via or [these email addresses are monitored by all of us], or at (212) 675-0519 x 5.

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As previously expressed on our Facebook page [CSBA Attorneys, 6/01/2020], this union of approximately one thousand NYC government Agency Attorneys, Attorney Interns and Attorneys-at-Law strongly supports the Black Lives Matter movement. The recent murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and Rayshard Brooks by police officers have underscored the importance of police reform. Here in New York, we still remember how Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell and Eric Garner died at the hands of police officers simply because they were Black. Recently, we were appalled to see numerous instances of police brutality against peaceful protestors. Read more…

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