City workers can now give money to Hurricane Sandy relief without even thinking about it. Starting today, City workers can set aside a portion of their paychecks to be sent directly to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, which has already raised over $35 million for hurricane restoration efforts. "We want it as easy as possible for all City workers to contribute to the relief efforts," Mayor Bloomberg said announcing the deal.

The new City payroll deduction program will begin with the paychecks and direct deposits issued on November 23, 2012. Any City employee that wants to pitch in can donate a specific amount of money from each paycheck (earmarked for Sandy relief) and that tax-deductible deduction will be taken out over two months (or four pay periods).

It is a good deal, as the Mayor's Fund has been quite active in Sandy Relief. Though we suspect that some City employees might not love the idea, as we've talked to quite a few city (and state) workers who are still smarting over being forced to use vacation and sick days if they were physically unable to get into work in the immediate aftermath of the storm.

But if you want to get in on the Sandy relief action too (what has taken you so long?), there are quite a few ways to pitch in to the Mayor's Fund, including:

  • By phone: call 311 (212-NEW-YORK outside New York City)

  • Online: www.nyc.gov/fund

  • By mail: make check payable to Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, 253 Broadway, 8th Floor, New York City, New York 10007 (note: NYC Hurricane Relief)
  • By text: donate $10 immediately by texting NYCFUND to 50555 using your mobile phone.