Buzz: Family Services of Westchester ... Chapin Hall Center for Children ... Corey Johnson


Family Services of Westchester announced on Wednesday the retirement of its president and CEO Susan Wayne. She had served in that role since 2008, according to a press release. The 64-year-old nonprofit organization, which is based in Port Chester, provides social and mental health services to families and people of all ages.

Chapin Hall Center for Children secured a $510,000 contract with the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, according to the city. The money will fund “analytical studies consulting.” The Chicago center’s mission is “to improve the well-being of children and youth, families, and their communities through broad-perspective policy research, according to GuideStar.

Fresh off his first domestic trip as speaker of the New York City Council, Corey Johnson is going abroad on a eight-day trip to Israel. The trip, described as a “mission” in a Thursday night press release, is being funded by the Jewish Community Relations Council, a nonprofit organization advocating for New York’s Jews. He’s flying out Thursday and will return more than a week later, on Friday, April 20. Nine council members are expected to join him: Alicka Ampry-Samuel, Justin Brannan, Chaim Deutsch, Rafael Espinal, Karen Koslowitz, Stephen Levin, Francisco Moya, Carlina Rivera and Ritchie Torres. At least two council staffers are also going, according to a City Council spokesperson. A search of the fiscal year 2018 budget suggests that the JCRC didn’t get any direct city funding, but some of its member organizations do, such as the Queens Jewish Community Council, which is receiving more than $70,000 in discretionary funds this year. Another member, UJA-Federation of New York, has reported lobbying activity with Johnson and Espinal this year. Johnson has been to Israel before, including a visit last year and a nine-day trip with then-Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito in 2015. Among other plans, the members expect to visit the Israel-Gaza border and meet Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. On a February trip to Israel with the JCRC, members of the Assembly had to evacuate a meeting when Palestinian groups protested their presence.

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